—n. 1. a process, now often replaced by more advanced methods, for making metal printing plates by taking a mold of composed type or the like in papier-mâché or other material and then taking from this mold a cast in type metal.
2. a plate made by this process.
3. a set form; convention.
4. Sociol.a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.
—v.t. 1. to make a stereotype of.
2. to characterize or regard as a stereotype: The actor has been stereotyped as a villain. 3. to give a fixed form to.