cliché

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English[edit]

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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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From French cliché

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cliché m ‎(plural clichés)

  1. (printing) cliché
  2. (talking) cliché

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