Definition of cliché noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also cliche) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkliːʃeɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kliːˈʃeɪ//
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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 She trotted out the old cliché that ‘a trouble shared is a trouble halved.’ a cliché-ridden style It has become a cliché to say that Prague is the most beautiful city in Europe. 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cliché