[klee-shey, kli-]
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.
Also, cliche.

1825–35; < French: stereotype plate, stencil, cliché, noun use of past participle of clicher to make such a plate, said to be imitative of the sound of the metal pressed against the matrix

1. platitude, bromide, stereotype, commonplace. Unabridged
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cliché (ˈkliːʃeɪ)
1.  a word or expression that has lost much of its force through overexposure, as for example the phrase: it's got to get worse before it gets better
2.  an idea, action, or habit that has become trite from overuse
3.  chiefly (Brit) printing a stereotype or electrotype plate
[C19: from French, from clicher to stereotype; imitative of the sound made by the matrix when it is dropped into molten metal]

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Word Origin & History

1832, borrowing of a technical word from Fr. cliché, printer's jargon for "stereotype," supposedly echoic of mould dropping into molten metal, thus pp. of clicher "to click." Figurative extension is first attested 1888, following the course of stereotype. Related: Cliched (1928).

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Cultural Dictionary

cliché definition

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.”

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