- Linguistics an abstract category or class of linguistic item or unit, as distinct from actual occurrences in speech or writing. Contrasted with token.
- short for type specimen.
- 3short for typecast.
late 15th century (in the sense 'symbol, emblem'): from French, or from Latin typus, from Greek tupos 'impression, figure, type', from tuptein 'to strike'. The use in printing dates from the early 18th century; the general sense 'category with common characteristics' arose in the mid 19th century