- a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
- (in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.
- anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.
- British Printing.
- a stereotype or electrotype plate.
- a reproduction made in a like manner.
- trite; hackneyed; stereotyped; clichéd.
Origin of cliché
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Examples from the Web for cliche
Or maybe both cultures got off on a glorious combination of cliche and novelty, even if they disagreed on which was which.Chop Suey with Canard à l'Orange
December 30, 2013
I'm not sure that artist-chosen shows are of that much curatorial or art-historical use, and anyway they've become a cliche.An Ad Made for Poster-ity
July 9, 2013
I realize how cliche and seemingly insufficient that sounds.I Was Adam Lanza, Part 2
December 22, 2012
He biffed and blathered; no one will recall what he said other than the cliche he offered up that “these are different times.”Robert Shrum: Obama Had Everything On the Line and Delivered, While Romney Sputtered
October 17, 2012
It's cliche to say, but a GOP that is not held captive to its radical wing is in everyone's best interest.What I Saw On The Blog
August 28, 2012
Kennon winced at the cliche It was so ancient that it had lost all meaning.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
The beautiful casts of the French medals known to all electrotypers as Cliche moulds are in the alloy No. 3.
As the cliche goes, "With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow."Little Brother
They were molded in an old system, and could not change their cliche.Now It Can Be Told
There is a cliche in nearly every line of the Athenæum's discriminating notice.Books and Persons
- a word or expression that has lost much of its force through overexposure, as for example the phraseit's got to get worse before it gets better
- an idea, action, or habit that has become trite from overuse
- printing, mainly British a stereotype or electrotype plate
Word Origin and History for cliche
1825, "electrotype, stereotype," from French cliché, a technical word in printer's jargon for "stereotype block," noun use of past participle of clicher "to click" (18c.), supposedly echoic of the sound of a mold striking molten metal. Figurative extension to "trite phrase, worn-out expression" is first attested 1888, following the course of stereotype. Related: Cliched (1928).
A much used expression that has lost its freshness and descriptive power. Some clichés are “I thank you from the bottom of my heart” and “It's only a drop in the bucket.”