|part of speech:
||an original model or pattern from which others are made or copied; prototype.
The American writer Edgar Allan Poe is said to have created the archetype of the detective story, inspiring an entire genre of literature.
- exemplar, model, original, pattern, prototype
- similar words:
- ancestor, example, forerunner, ideal, mold, paradigm, paragon, precursor, predecessor, type
||image, lead, miniature, original
||archetypal (adj.), archetypic (adj.), archetypally (adv.)