template - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈtemˌpleɪt/

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/ˈtemplət/
singulartemplate
pluraltemplates
  1. something that is used as a pattern or an example for something else

    The French Revolution was the template for all future revolutions.

    1. a.
      computing a computer file that copies are made from because its basic form can be used again and again
    2. b.
      an object made of metal, plastic, or thin board that is used as a pattern for cutting things in the same shape