What does cliche mean?

Definitions for cliche
kliˈʃeɪ, klɪ-cliche

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. platitude, cliche, banality, commonplace, bromidenoun

    a trite or obvious remark

Wiktionary

  1. clichénoun

    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.

    Kidnapping the love interest during a film is a bit of a clichu00E9.

  2. clichénoun

    A stereotype (printing plate).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clichenoun

    a stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief

Freebase

  1. Cliché

    A cliché or cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning, or effect, and even, to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. In phraseology, the term has taken on a more technical meaning, referring to an expression imposed by conventionalized linguistic usage. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea that is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically pejorative, "clichés" are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true. Some are stereotypes, but some are simply truisms and facts. Clichés often are employed for comic effect, typically in fiction. Most phrases now considered clichéd originally were regarded as striking, but have lost their force through overuse. In this connection, David Mason and John Frederick Nims cite a particularly harsh judgement by Salvador Dalí: "The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot." Ironically, in making this statement, Dalí was appropriating the words of French poet Gérard de Nerval: "The first man who compared woman to a rose was a poet, the second, an imbecile."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cliché

    klē-shā′, n. the impression made by a die in any soft metal: an electrotype or stereotype plate. [Fr.,—clicher, to stereotype.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cliche

    to overuse the same style

    "In Gatcha Life, having two different colored eyes is considered cliché; too many people make their characters like this."

    Submitted by anonymous on March 2, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cliche in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cliche in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of cliche in a Sentence

  1. Editor Robin Muir:

    Vogue has been synonymous with fashion and photography ... for 100 years, it's the style bible, I mean that old cliché comes into play.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Only Love can combat Hate, and only Love triumphs in the end. A cliché as it may seem, Love will drive away hate, just like darkness is driven away by Light. Love conquers all, always!

  3. Jessica Pegula:

    Its been extremely gratifying. This is what you work for: to win tournaments. It sounds cliche, (but) the journey makes it all that much sweeter, this week, though, it felt different. This final, I felt like I was just ready.

  4. Jimmy Walker:

    It was a great week, i think I learned a lot. I know it's such a cliché to say that kind of( stuff), but I feel like I learned. You've got to. You've to at least try to take something away from it instead of just kicking the dirt.

  5. Toby Jones:

    There was no real physical material that we could mimic, there was no found footage or anything of how he spoke. You know, the cliché is a picture says a thousand words, but it really is true, we tried to capture the essence of this man and his resilience that you could see in the pictures, you could read in the book. He's fiercely passionate and that's something I could really dial into.

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