Definition of cleft sentence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cleft sentence

 noun
noun
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a sentence that begins with ‘it’ or ‘that’ and has a following clause, for example, ‘it is you that I love’, or ‘that is my mother you’re insulting’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cleft sentence