A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type. Printing A metal printing plate cast from a matrix molded from a raised printing surface, such as type. To make a stereotype of. To characterize by a stereotype:"Elderly Americans are the neglected sector of the fashion industry, stereotyped by blue hair and polyester pantsuits"(American Demographics). To give a fixed, unvarying form to. To print from a stereotype.