Synonyms of pattern
1 orderDictionary • All three attacks followed the same pattern.
order • The wish to impose order upon confusion is a kind of intellectual instinct.
plan • She met her creditors to propose a plan for making repayments.
method • They go about their work with method and common sense.
arrangement • an imaginative flower arrangement
sequence • The chronological sequence gives the book an element of structure.
2 designDictionary • curtains in a light floral pattern
design • The pictures are based on simple geometric designs.
motif • wallpaper with a rose motif
figure • The impulsive singer had the figure cut into his shaven hair.
decoration • We were putting the Christmas decorations up.
ornament • Christmas tree ornaments
3 planDictionary • a sewing pattern
plan • Draw a plan of the garden.
design • Is there some design in having him here?
original • Photocopy the form and send the original to your employer.
guide • Our 10-page guide will help you change your life for the better.
diagram • a diagram showing the workings of the engine
4 modelDictionary • the ideal pattern of a good society
model • the Chinese model of economic reform
example • This piece is a perfect example of symphonic construction.
standard • systems that were by later standards absurdly primitive
guide • The checklist serves as a guide to students, teachers, and parents.
criterion • Exam results shouldn't be the only criterion for your choice of school.
norm • Their actions departed from what she called the commonly accepted norms of behaviour.
prototype • He has built a prototype of a machine called the wave rotor.
paradigm • He was the paradigm of the successful man.
archetype • He is the archetype of the successful businessman.
paragon • She was a paragon of neatness and efficiency.
exemplar • They viewed their new building as an exemplar of taste.
5 sampleDictionary • a textile pattern
sample • We're giving away 2000 free samples.
example • examples of sexism and racism in the police force
specimen • a perfect specimen of a dinosaur fossil
type • There are various types of the disease.
sort • What sort of person is he?
kind • They developed a new kind of film-making.
style • six scenes in the style of a classical Greek tragedy
shape • Carefully cut round the shape of the design you wish to use.
variety • She grows 12 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
model • She asked if he had modelled the hero on anyone in particular.
follow • He did not follow his example in taking drugs.
form • The bowl was formed out of clay.
shape • Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
copy • We all tend to copy people we admire.
mould • We moulded a statue out of mud.
imitate • a precedent which may be imitated by other activists
emulate • Sons are traditionally expected to emulate their fathers.
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archetypeAn archetype is something that is considered to be a perfect or typical example of a particular kind of person or thing, because it has all their most important characteristics.
• He is the archetype of the successful businessman.
• an imaginative flower arrangement
• We all tend to copy people we admire. • coquettish gestures which she had copied from actresses in soap operas
Thesaurus for pattern from the Collins English Thesaurus
an arrangement of repeated or corresponding parts, decorative motifs, etc