catch·​phrase ˈkach-ˌfrāz How to pronounce catchphrase (audio)
: 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 The catchphrase seems to embody how most people feel about their trusty sidekick that doesn’t leave their sight. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 The catchphrase was also spelled out with white folding chairs outside Union Station Thursday afternoon. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 While the ad was meant to poke fun at competitors, the catchphrase resonated with viewers — and politicians who used the new tagline to make points about policies that lacked substance. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Most prominent of these platforms was the increasingly popular website Common Sense, which didn’t expound on method but in terse boilerplate statements asserted that Castro’s death had been no accident, and repeated the catchphrase, Wake up, America, and dream. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 Peyton Manning is not only revered for his esteemed quarterback career (VFL!) and Southern manners, but also for his quirky catchphrases. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 4 Dec. 2023 Almost instantly in the trailer, personalities and cocktails and catchphrases fly as the women reunite and explore the local talent. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 5 Nov. 2023 Get your pen and paper ready for some new table-shaking catchphrases. Ronny Maye, Essence, 3 Nov. 2023 But stamped across bus stop shelters and plastered across subway billboards, one simple catchphrase kept cropping up: Welcome to New York. Raisa Bruner, TIME, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of catchphrase was in 1834

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“Catchphrase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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