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From the Ancient Greek τῠ́πος (túpos, mark, impression, type), from τῠ́πτω (túptō, I strike, beat).



typus m (genitive typī); second declension

  1. figure, image
    1. bas-relief
    2. (surveying) ground-plan
    3. (Medieval Latin) a mystical figure or symbol, a prefiguration or portent
  2. type, form, sort, kind
  3. (medicine) form, type, or character of a fever
    1. (Medieval Latin) a periodic fever
  4. (New Latin, numismatics) a coin die
  5. (New Latin) a printing form or font die
    1. (singular only, collectively) literature, printed material, books
    2. (plural only, as typī, typōrum) a printing house, a printery
      Typis Archicœnobii Montis Casini [1]
      from the Printing House of the Archabbey of Monte Cassino


Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative typus typī
genitive typī typōrum
dative typō typīs
accusative typum typōs
ablative typō typīs
vocative type typī


  • typus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • type in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • ty̆pus” on page 1,618/3 of Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français (1934)
  • typus (typos)” on page 1,998/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)
  • 1. typus” on page 1,028/2 of Jan Frederik Niermeyer’s Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus (1976)
  • typus” in Johann Ramminger’s Neulateinische Wortliste (13.08.04 revision)