From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtypicaltyp‧i‧cal /ˈtɪpɪkəl/ ●●●S2W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1TYPICALhaving the usualfeatures or qualities of a particular group or thing 🔊 typical British weathertypical of 🔊 This painting is typical of his work. 🔊 This advertisement is a typical example of their marketing strategy.2TYPICALhappening in the usual way 🔊 On a typical day, our students go to classes from 7.30 am to 1 pm. 🔊 Try calculating your budget for a typical week.3behaving in the way that you expect 🔊 Bennett accepted the award with typical modesty.it is typical of somebody to do something 🔊 It’s not typical of Gill to be so critical. 🔊 Mr Stevens’ appointment was a typical case of promoting a man beyond his level of competence.4 →typical!THESAURUStypical a typical person or thing is a good example of that type of person or thingWith his camera around his neck, he looked like a typical tourist. The windows are typical of houses built during this period. classic used to describe a very typical and very good example of somethingIt was a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease. a classic mistakeThe book is a classic example of great teamwork.archetypal the archetypal person or thing is the most typical example of that kind of person or thing, and has all their most important qualitiesthe archetypal English villageIndiana Jones is the archetypal adventure hero.quintessential used when you want to emphasize that someone or something is the very best example of something – used especially when you admire them very muchthe quintessential guide to New York Robert Plant is the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll singer.stereotypical having the characteristics that many people believe a particular type of person or thing has – used when you think these beliefs are not trueHollywood films are full of stereotypical images of women as wives and mothers. He challenges stereotypical ideas about people with disabilities.representativecontaining the most common types of people or things that are found in something, and showing what it is usually likea representative sample of college studentscharacteristic very typical of a particular type of thing, or of someone’s character or usual behaviourEach species of bird has its own characteristic song.What gives Paris its characteristic charm?He played with his characteristic skill.the characteristic symptoms of the diseasebe the epitome of something to be the best possible example of a particular type of person or thing or of a particular qualityHis house was thought to be the epitome of good taste.