noun \ˈa-dij\

: an old and well-known saying that expresses a general truth

Full Definition of ADAGE

:  a saying often in metaphorical form that embodies a common observation

Examples of ADAGE

  1. <that old adage, the early bird gets the worm>

Origin of ADAGE

Middle French, from Latin adagium, from ad- + -agium (akin to aio I say); akin to Greek ē he said
First Known Use: 1513


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