adage

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noun ad·age \ˈa-dij\

Definition of adage

  1. :  a saying often in metaphorical form that typically embodies a common observation <She reminded him of the adage: “A penny saved is a penny earned.”>

Examples of adage in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of adage

Medieval French, from Latin adagium, from ad- + -agium (akin to aio I say); akin to Greek ē he said


First Known Use: 1530


ADAGE Defined for English Language Learners

adage

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noun ad·age \ˈa-dij\

Definition of adage for English Language Learners

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


ADAGE Defined for Kids

adage

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noun ad·age \ˈa-dij\

Definition of adage for Students

  1. :  an old familiar saying :  proverb



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