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catchphrase

Definition:

a phrase that has become a catchword

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

catchphrases

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

catch phrase

Etymology:

"catch" (verb) + "phrase". The notion is of words that will "catch" in the mind ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Catchphrase | catch-phrase

a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media, as well as word of mouth. Some become the de facto "trademark" or ... (42 of 489 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Catchphrase

Merriam-Webster:

catchphrase | slogan [sense-specific, synonym] | banner [synonym, sense-specific] | cry [synonym, sense-specific] | shibboleth [synonym, sense-specific] | tagline [synonym, sense-specific] | watchword [synonym, sense-specific] | expression [similar, sense-specific] | idiom [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a word or expression that is used repeatedly and conveniently to represent or characterize a person, group, idea, or point of view | "slogan" ... (23 of 88 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/catchphrase

Wiktionary:

catchphrase | catchphrases [plural] | catch phrase [sense-specific] | catch-phrase [sense-specific] | signature phrase [synonym, sense-specific] | catchword [synonym, sense-specific]

This is one of the few common words in English with six consonants in a row. Others include latchstring and watchstrap. | A group of words, often originating in popular culture, that is spontaneously popularized after widespread repeated use | A... (39 of 77 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catchphrase

Oxford Dictionary:

catchphrase

a well-known sentence or phrase, especially one that is associated with a particular famous person (15 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catchphrase

Macmillan British Dictionary:

catchphrase [countable] | catchphrases [plural]

a short phrase that many people know because a famous person often says it (14 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/catchphrase

Random House Dictionary:

catch phrase | catchphrase [sense-specific]

a phrase that attracts or is meant to attract attention. | a phrase, as a slogan, that comes to be widely and repeatedly used, often with little of ... (27 of 36 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/catch-phrase

Cambridge Dictionary:

catchphrase

a phrase which is often repeated by and therefore becomes connected with a particular organization or person, especially someone famous such as a ... (23 of 30 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/catchphrase

New World Dictionary:

catchphrase | catch phrase

a phrase that catches or is meant to catch the popular attention (12 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catchphrase

Collins Dictionary:

catch phrase

a well-known frequently used phrase, especially one associated with a particular group, etc (13 of 431 words, 7 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catch-phrase

American Heritage Dictionary:

catch phrase

A phrase in wide or popular use, especially one serving as a slogan for a group or movement. (18 of 21 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catch-phrase

Encarta Dictionary:

catch phrase | catch phrases [plural]

a phrase used so frequently by a particular person that it becomes identified with him or her (17 of 29 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861687262​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

catchphrase

First use: about 1850

Origin: "catch" (verb) + "phrase". The notion is of words that will "catch" in the mind (compare "catchword").

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=catchphrase

Wiktionary:

catchphrase | catchphrases [plural]

Origin: catch + phrase. Of the notion that the phrase will catch in the mind of the user.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catchphrase

catch phrase | catch phrases [plural]

Origin: catch, from the sense of catching the eye, + phrase.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catch phrase

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

catchphrase [countable] | catchphrases [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "catchphrase"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/catchphrase

Macmillan American Dictionary:

catchphrase [countable] | catchphrases [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catchphrase"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/catchphrase

Cambridge Dictionary:

catchphrase

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "catchphrase"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "catchphrase"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/catchphrase

the Free Dictionary:

catchphrase

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "catchphrase"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "catchphrase"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/catchphrase

Google Dictionary:

catchphrase | catchphrases [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "catchphrase"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=catchphrase

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

catchphrase

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catchphrase"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=catchp​02 word=catchphrase

YourDictionary Audio:

catchphrase

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catchphrase" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catchphrase

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