Adage definition

ădĭj
An old saying that has been popularly accepted as a truth.
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A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use.
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An old saying, which has been overused or considered a cliché; a trite maxim.

“Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage” (Lady MacBeth)

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The definition of an adage is a saying that has come to be accepted as truth over time.

"The grass is always greener on the other side" is an example of an adage.

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An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
adage
Plural:
adages

Origin of adage

  • French from Old French from Latin adagium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French adage, from Latin adagium.

    From Wiktionary