Proverb Definition

prŏvûrb
proverbs
noun
proverbs
A short, traditional saying that expresses some obvious truth or familiar experience; adage; maxim.
Webster's New World
A person or thing that has become commonly recognized as a type of specified characteristics; byword.
Webster's New World
An enigmatic saying in which a profound truth is cloaked.
Webster's New World
A familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference.
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A drama exemplifying a proverb.

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verb
To make a proverb or byword of.
Webster's New World
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms of Proverb

Noun

Singular:
proverb
Plural:
Proverbs

Origin of Proverb

  • Middle English proverbe from Old French from Latin prōverbium prō- forth pro–1 verbum word wer-5 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin proverbium.

    From Wiktionary

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