Definition of adage
: 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
that old adage, “the early bird gets the worm”
Recent Examples of adage from the Web
Fall brides, take note: the less-is-more adage has never looked better.
Today, the 1990 adage known as Godwin's Law seems more appropriate than ever, as social media has turned civil discourse into a never-ending series of flame wars.
The old adage that the best actors play themselves does not apply to Daniel Day-Lewis.
But as the old adage goes: no Senate Testimony is complete without a kick ass soundtrack.
Only time will tell if the old adage all publicity is good publicity holds true for tourism.
Conversely, the old sports adage of playing with nothing to lose might take hold with a longshot in horse racing.
In the Trump era, the old adage that life is stranger than fiction has never seemed more prescient.
This is a historical lesson worth learning about - for as the old adage goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
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Origin and Etymology of adage
Middle French, from Latin adagium, from ad- + -agium (akin to aio I say); akin to Greek ē he said
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
ADAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adage for English Language Learners
: an old and well-known saying that expresses a general truth
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