cliché

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Borrowing from French cliché

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cliché (plural clichés)

  1. Something, most often a phrase or expression, that is overused or used outside its original context, so that its original impact and meaning are lost. A trite saying; a platitude. [from 19th c.]
    The villain kidnapping the love interest in a film is a bit of a cliché.
  2. (printing) A stereotype (printing plate).

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  • The alternative spelling cliche may be used without confusion, as there is no other word in English with this spelling. (Contrast résumé, resumé.)

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Borrowing from French cliché

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  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cli‧ché

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cliché n (plural clichés, diminutive clichétje n)

  1. cliché

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Past participle of clicher (to stereotype", originally, "to copy, literally to click, clink), from Middle French, from Old French cliquer (to click, clack, sound, resound), of Germanic origin, related to Dutch klikken (to click, rattle), Low German klikken (to click), German klicken (to click), Danish klikke (to click), Swedish klicka (to click). Probably onomatopoeic, and probably influenced by Middle High German klitsch (soft, pulpy mass), from the old technique of creating a printing plate. More at click.

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cliché m (plural clichés)

  1. (printing) A stereotype.
    La reproduction dans la presse de dessins et de photographies se fait au moyen de clichés typographiques.
  2. (photography) A negative
  3. (by extension) a snapshot
    Prendre un cliché.
  4. cliché
    Le type du cliché, c'est le proverbe, immuable et raide; le lieu commun prend autant de formes qu'il y a de combinaisons possibles dans une langue pour énoncer une sottise ou une incontestable vérité.
    En stylistique, on appelle cliché toute expression qui se trouve banalisée par l'emploi trop courant qui en a déjà été fait (l'aurore aux doigts de rose, l'astre des nuits).

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Borrowing from French

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cliché m (invariable)

  1. plate (printing)
  2. cliché

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