1. Noun.  (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples. (defdate, from 14th c.) .
  2. Noun.  (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal. (defdate, 16th-19th c.) .
  3. Noun.  (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic. (defdate, 16th-18th c.) .
  4. Noun.  An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory. (defdate, from 16th c.) .
  5. Noun.  More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking. (defdate, from 17th c.) .
  6. Noun.  A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an (l, en) . (defdate, from 17th c.) .
  7. Noun.  A vague or fanciful (l, en) ; a feeling or hunch; an impression. (defdate, from 17th c.) .
  8. Noun.  (music) A musical theme or melodic subject. (defdate, from 18th c.) .

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