Examples of proverbial in a Sentence
Insanity roamed through her large midwestern tribe, cloistered in proverbial dark closets in gabled houses in areas of the country where no one else lived for miles and miles … —Lynne Tillman, Motion Sickness, 1991
I keep running across people who speak fondly about what they imagine to be the comforts of autocracy, who long for the assurances of the proverbial man on the white horse likely to do something hard and puritanical about the moral relativism that has made a mess of the cities, the schools, and prime-time television. —Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, November 1990
Origin and Etymology of proverbial
First Known Use: 1548
PROVERBIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proverbial for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or resembling a proverb
: commonly spoken of : widely known
PROVERBIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of proverbial for Students
1 : of a proverb a proverbial expression
2 : commonly spoken of You have the proverbial beginner's luck.
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