- the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
- (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
- a perfect or typical specimen
- an original model or pattern; prototype
- psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious
- a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
“original pattern from which copies are made,” 1540s, from Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetypon “pattern, model, figure on a seal,” neuter of adjective arkhetypos “first-moulded,” from arkhe- “first” (see archon) + typos “model, type, blow, mark of a blow” (see type). Jungian psychology sense of “pervasive idea or image from the collective unconscious” is from 1919.
- An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned.
- In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual.imago
An original model after which other similar things are patterned. In the psychology of Carl Jung, archetypes are the images, patterns, and symbols (see also symbol) that rise out of the collective unconscious and appear in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.