from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trite or overused expression or idea: "Even while the phrase was degenerating to cliché in ordinary public use . . . scholars were giving it increasing attention” ( Anthony Brandt).
  • n. A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial: "There is a young explorer . . . who turns out not to be quite the cliche expected” ( John Crowley).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stereotype (printing plate).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief.
  • n. a trite or obvious remark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An electrotype or stereotype plate.
  • n. A stereotyped formula; a lifeless copy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a trite or obvious remark


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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cliché (Wiktionary)


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  • Avoid clichés like the plague.

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