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Definition of cliché noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also cliche) noun
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  1. 1[countable] a phrase or an idea that has been used so often that it no longer has much meaning and is not interesting the old cliché that “a trouble shared is a trouble halved” a cliché-ridden style It has become a cliché to say that Boston is the most intellectual city in the U.S. tired clichés like “the information revolution”
  2. 2[uncountable] the use of clichés in writing or speaking The article collapses under the sheer weight of cliché.
adjective a clichéd view of upper-class life
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