from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trite or overused expression or idea: "Even while the phrase was degenerating to cliché in ordinary public use . . . scholars were giving it increasing attention” ( Anthony Brandt).
- n. A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial: "There is a young explorer . . . who turns out not to be quite the cliche expected” ( John Crowley).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stereotype (printing plate).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief.
- n. a trite or obvious remark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An electrotype or stereotype plate.
- n. A stereotyped formula; a lifeless copy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trite or obvious remark
French, past participle of clicher, to stereotype (imitative of the sound made when the matrix is dropped into molten metal to make a stereotype plate).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cliché (Wiktionary)