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
Only time will tell if the old adage all publicity is good publicity holds true for tourism.
For many, the gas price increase was, in the words of a Mexican adage, the drop that made the glass spill over.
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014, proves that adage again and again.
One of the most cynical adages in criminal justice holds that prisons are full of innocent people – according to the inmates, that is.
The old adage people used to say is specify a time or level, but never specify both.
That adage about real estate pricing takes on new meaning — and some bewildering logic — in the hands of college administrators.
Analysts in both countries strongly fear that Beijing will seek to make an example of at least one of them, following the venerable Chinese adage that one kills a chicken to scare the monkeys.
In the cooking world, there's an adage that anything can be improved by simply wrapping it in bacon.
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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
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Definition of adage for English Language Learners
: an old and well-known saying that expresses a general truth
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