Cliche Definition

klē-shā
cliches
noun
A stereotype printing plate.
Webster's New World
An expression or idea that has become trite.
Webster's New World
A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial.
American Heritage
The definition of a cliché is an often repeated or used phrase or statement that has been used so much it has become trite and kind of meaningless.
An example of a cliché is the expression of "walk a mile in another's shoes."
YourDictionary
Informal form of cliché.
Wiktionary
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adjective
Clichéd.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Cliche

Noun

Singular:
cliche
Plural:
cliches, clichs

Origin of Cliche

  • French past participle of clicher to stereotype (imitative of the sound made when the matrix is dropped into molten metal to make a stereotype plate)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French cliché

    From Wiktionary

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