American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An electrotype or stereotype plate.
- n. A stereotyped formula; a lifeless copy.
- n. printing A stereotype (printing plate).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief.
- n. a trite or obvious remark.
- n. a trite or obvious remark
- From French cliché (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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