catch·​phrase | \ ˈkach-ˌfrāz How to pronounce catchphrase (audio) , ˈkech- \

Definition of catchphrase

1 : a word or expression that is used repeatedly and conveniently to represent or characterize a person, group, idea, or point of view

Examples of catchphrase in a Sentence

popular catchphrases like “politically correct” one of those advertising catchphrases that, if you think about them, don't mean much of anything
Recent Examples on the Web Jay Ferrer aka Jay Kinda Funny has built an enviable following across platforms due to consistent content and through viral catchphrase. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 1 May 2022 After the time jump, the Goodman & Associates sign that Jimmy and, especially, Francesca look so proud of in the opening montage has been replaced by the more familiar one trumpeting this show’s titular catchphrase. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2022 Guralnik, by contrast, has no tie-ins, no merch, no catchphrase—at least, not yet. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 This key line—which, following the quotability of the original film, seems devised to become a catchphrase—isn’t limited to flying and fighting but is delivered as a dictum that could as easily be echoed by anyone with anything to do anywhere. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 May 2022 Williams, who has served in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2016, is not the only Republican trying to get a catchphrase onto voters’ ballots. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The musicians voiced over a catchphrase popularized by the New York Knicks fans in a quick clip — that has since gone viral with over 36 million views since hitting the platform. Janine Puhak,, 6 Dec. 2021 The catchphrase became so popular that Walter Mondale, the eventual Democratic presidential nominee that year, asked the question to his leading primary opponent Gary Hart during a debate. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 11 June 2022 This, of course, is a catchphrase from Brolin’s 1985 cult-favorite adventure film The Goonies. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catchphrase

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Catchphrase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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