cliché

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See also: cliche, clichê, and cliche'

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cliché.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkliːʃeɪ/
  • Rhymes: -iːʃeɪ
  • (US) enPR: klē-shāʹ, IPA(key): /kliːˈʃeɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Noun[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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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.]
    Synonyms: platitude, stereotype; see also Thesaurus:saying
    The villain kidnapping the love interest in a film is a bit of a cliché.
    I know it's a bit of a cliché, but love really does conquer all.
  2. (printing) A stereotype (printing plate).

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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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Adjective[edit]

cliché (comparative more cliché, superlative most cliché)

  1. (proscribed) clichéd; having the characteristics of a cliché

Verb[edit]

cliché (third-person singular simple present clichés, present participle clichéing, simple past and past participle clichéd or (rare) clichéed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To use a cliché; to make up a word or a name that sounds like a cliché.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cliché.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kliˈʃeː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cli‧ché
  • Rhymes: -eː

Noun[edit]

cliché n (plural clichés, diminutive clichétje n)

  1. A cliché.
  2. An unoriginal work.
  3. A printing plate, a stereotype.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: cliché
  • Indonesian: klise

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Past participle of clicher (to stereotype, (originally) to copy, literally to click, clink), from Middle French clicher, 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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Noun[edit]

cliché m (plural clichés)

  1. (printing) stereotype (printing plate)
    La reproduction dans la presse de dessins et de photographies se fait au moyen de clichés typographiques.
    The reproduction in the press of drawings and photographs is done by means of typographical clichés.
  2. (photography) negative
  3. (by extension) snapshot
    prendre un clichétake a snapshot
  4. (figuratively) cliché; stereotype (overused phrase or expression)

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Italian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cliché.

Noun[edit]

cliché m (invariable)

  1. plate (printing)
  2. cliché

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From French cliché.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cliché n

  1. cliché

Declension[edit]

Indeclinable.

Further reading[edit]

  • cliché in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia es

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cliché.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kliˈt͡ʃe/, [kliˈt͡ʃe]

Noun[edit]

cliché m (plural clichés)

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

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