Definition of template in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtemplət/


1A shaped piece of metal, wood, card, plastic, or other material used as a pattern for processes such as painting, cutting out, shaping, or drilling.
Example sentences
  • Templates, patterns, and drawings guarantee consistency and could be used for generations.
  • The original full-sized drawing was used as a template to make pattern pieces.
  • Our plans come complete with full-size templates and step-by-step instructions.
1.1Something that serves as a model for others to copy: the plant was to serve as the template for change throughout the company
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  • The airplane served as a template for many future models.
  • These examples could serve as templates until the new teacher develops his or her own style.
  • The proposed model could serve as a template for such studies.
model, example, guide, mold, blueprint, pattern
1.2 Computing A preset format for a document or file, used so that the format does not have to be recreated each time it is used: a memo template
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  • We went looking for templates in the File menu.
  • Any employee can upload documents or templates that might be useful for anyone else in the organization.
  • You can alter the look of your email template by changing the graphics and/or fields.
1.3 Biochemistry A nucleic acid molecule that acts as a pattern for the sequence of assembly of a protein, nucleic acid, or other large molecule.
Example sentences
  • Messenger RNA molecules are templates for the proteins that carry the main metabolic functions in a cell.
  • Both strands can act as templates to produce a molecule called ribonucleic acid.
  • During protein synthesis templates are translated into a sequence of amino acids.
2A timber or plate used to distribute the weight in a wall or under a support.
Example sentences
  • The templates hold the anchor bolts.


Late 17th century (as templet): probably from temple3 + -et1. The change in the ending in the 19th century was due to association with plate.

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Syllabification: tem·plate

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