Cliche meaning

klē-shā
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A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial.
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An expression or idea that has become trite.
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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."

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Something, most often a phrase or expression, that is overused or used outside its original context, so that its original impact and meaning are lost. A trite saying; a platitude. [from 19th c.]

Kidnapping the love interest during a film is a bit of a cliché.

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(printing) A stereotype (printing plate).
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Informal form of cliché.
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A trite or overused expression or idea.
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Clichéd.
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A stereotype printing plate.
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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