1a category of people or things having common characteristics:this type of heather grows better in a drier habitat blood types [with adjective or noun modifier] informal a person of a specified character or nature:two sporty types in tracksuits
) informal the sort of person one likes or finds attractive:she’s not really my type
2a person or thing exemplifying the ideal or defining characteristics of something:she characterized his witty sayings as the type of modern wisdom an object, conception, or work of art serving as a model for subsequent artists. a symbol of someone or something:the dolphin is a conventional type of Christ Theology a person or event in the Old Testament taken as a foreshadowing of someone or something in the New Testament. Botany
& Zoology an organism or taxon chosen as having the essential characteristics of its group.
3 [mass noun] characters or letters that are printed or shown on a screen:bold type [count noun] a piece of metal with a raised letter or character on its upper surface, for use in letterpress printing. metal types used in letterpress printing:the first European printing of books began in 1454 with the invention of movable type 4a design on either side of a medal or coin.
5 Linguistics an abstract category or class of linguistic item or unit, as distinct from actual occurrences in speech or writing. Contrasted with token. 1write (something) on a typewriter or computer by pressing the keys:he typed out the second draft [no object]:I’m learning to type
2 Medicine determine the type to which (a person or their blood or tissue) belongs:the kidney was typed