What does cliche mean?

Definitions for clichekliˈʃeɪ, klɪ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cliche.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. platitude, cliche, banality, commonplace, bromide(noun)

    a trite or obvious remark

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cliche(noun)

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


  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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Maaria Assami:

    Islam has always been the cliché bad guy, so even if (Tsarnaev) had just passed by the mosque, it would have still been all our fault.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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