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).

Wikipedia

  1. cliché

    A cliché (UK: or US: ) is an element of an artistic work, saying, or idea that has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being weird 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 often used in modern culture for an action or idea that is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically pejorative, "clichés" may or may not be true. Some are stereotypes, but some are simply truisms and facts. Clichés often are employed for comedic effect, typically in fiction. Most phrases now considered clichéd originally were regarded as striking but have lost their force through overuse. The French poet Gérard de Nerval once said, "The first man who compared woman to a rose was a poet, the second, an imbecile."A cliché is often a vivid depiction of an abstraction that relies upon analogy or exaggeration for effect, often drawn from everyday experience. Used sparingly, it may succeed, but the use of a cliché in writing, speech, or argument is generally considered a mark of inexperience or a lack of originality.

ChatGPT

  1. cliché

    A cliché is a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its originality or impact. It is often seen as trite or unoriginal due to its prevalence and lack of creativity. Clichés are commonly used in various forms of communication, such as writing, spoken language, advertising, or media, and they can sometimes be considered cliché because they lack originality or fail to add significant meaning or depth to the message being conveyed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clichenoun

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

Wikidata

  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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CLICHE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cliche is ranked #77522 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cliche surname appeared 247 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cliche.

    92.7% or 229 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. Sienna Miller:

    People sort of complain about the pace. Friends of mine from London find it really intense, but I thrive in that kind of environment, it’s sort of cliche?, but it’s motivating and inspiring. It feels incredibly open and boundaryless. You can barely speak English and be a New Yorker. New York takes anyone, accepts everyone.

  2. Pascal Siakam:

    It's amazing and it just proves that if you put the work in, man, and it's something that it's so cliche, but that's the story of my life.

  3. Alastair Campbell:

    I just think the whole Washington thing's become a cliché, i mean, you do have to have politicians. They have to be democratic elected ; they have to meet somewhere ; they happen to meet in Washington.

  4. George DuPaul:

    The bottom line is, and you've probably heard this phrase before, it's kind of a cliche, but it's 'catch them being good', pay much more attention to the times when they're following the rules and they're meeting expectations.

  5. Matthew Fitzpatrick:

    The feeling’s out of this world, it is so cliche, but it’s stuff you dream of as a kid. Yeah, to achieve it, I can retire a happy man tomorrow.

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