Definition of Adage

1. Noun. A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people.

Exact synonyms: Byword, Proverb, Saw
Generic synonyms: Expression, Locution, Saying
Derivative terms: Proverbial

Definition of Adage

1. n. An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.

Definition of Adage

1. Noun. An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use. ¹

2. Noun. An old saying, which has been overused or considered a cliché; a trite maxim. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Adage

1. a traditional saying expressing a common observation [n -S] : ADAGIAL [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Adage

ad sat
ad seriatum
ad truck
ad val
ad valorem
ad valorem tax
ad valorem taxes
ad verbum
ad verecundiam
adacrya
adactylia
adactylism
adactylous
adactyly
adafenoxate
adage (current term)
adages
adagial
adagietto
adagiettos
adagio
adagios
adagissimo
adalimumab
adam
adam's apple
adam-and-eve
adamance
adamances
adamancies

Literary usage of Adage

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"old adage ind on all levels of writing except the stodgiest. Unless you are taking freshman English, you can use it freely. old adage We find the expression ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"This adage, with the ... change of harrow to harve, is a common adage in East Cornwall. .... adage ..."

3. Marion Fay: A Novel by Anthony Trollope (1882)
"LIKE THE POOR CAT l' THE adage. WISHING will do nothing. ... "Letting I dare not wait upon I would, Like the poor cat i' the adage," never can produce ..."

4. A Whimsey Anthology by Carolyn Wells (1906)
"OLD adage EARLY to bed and early to rise— Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. ... FRENCH adage Anonymous. LEVER a cinq, diner a neuf, Souper a cinq, ..."

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