• (British) IPA: /ˈkliːʃeɪ/
  • (America) enPR: klē-shāʹ, IPA: /kliːˈʃeɪ/

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

cliché (clichés, present participle clichéing; past and past participle clichéd)

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

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