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See also: cliche, clichê, and cliche'

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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French cliché.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

 
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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).

Usage notesEdit

  • 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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AdjectiveEdit

cliché (comparative more cliché, superlative most cliché)

  1. clichéd; having the characteristics of a cliché

VerbEdit

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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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French cliché.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cli‧ché

NounEdit

cliché n (plural clichés, diminutive clichétje n)

  1. cliché

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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NounEdit

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.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)
  2. (photography) negative
  3. (by extension) snapshot
    prendre un clichétake a snapshot
  4. (figuratively) cliché; stereotype (overused phrase or expression)

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ItalianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French cliché.

NounEdit

cliché m (invariable)

  1. plate (printing)
  2. cliché

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PolishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From French cliché.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cliché n

  1. cliché

DeclensionEdit

Indeclinable.

Further readingEdit

  • cliché in Polish dictionaries at PWN

SpanishEdit

 
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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French cliché.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cliché m (plural clichés)

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

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