Definition of adage in English:

adage

noun

  • A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth.

    ‘the old adage ‘out of sight out of mind’’
    • ‘Scientists have shown that there is a degree of truth in the old adage that love is blind.’
    • ‘The enthusiasts for revolutionary methods overlook the truth of the adage that the best is often the enemy of the good.’
    • ‘The old adage is true, there are plenty of other fish in the sea - it's just that they are not particularly pretty.’
    • ‘They still exchange mnemonic sayings, adages and proverbs.’
    • ‘The adage, that truth is often stranger than fiction, is a huge understatement.’
    • ‘This is a book which confirms the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.’
    • ‘It's scant consolation but the old adage there is always someone else worse off than yourself can help banish the blues.’
    • ‘As the old adage says, nothing that comes from a coconut tree is ever wasted.’
    • ‘It's an old adage but it's one that the people of Newry and Mourne are ignoring.’
    • ‘The old adage that more is not necessarily better is certainly the proverbial case here.’
    • ‘It all goes to demonstrate the old adage that statistics can be used to prove anything, provided you jiggle them properly.’
    • ‘The old adage would suggest that you always play to your strengths and I would always go along with that.’
    • ‘In line with the old adage, things did get worse around here before they got better.’
    • ‘So forget the old adages about selling shares if the chief executive's golf handicap is in single digits or if the company has a corporate jet.’
    • ‘On the whole I have always agreed with the old adage that horses were dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.’
    • ‘And Rolf is a fan - if the old adage about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery holds true.’
    • ‘One of the oldest military adages has it that those who want peace prepare for war.’
    • ‘The old adage about lies, damn lies and statistics springs to mind.’
    • ‘Her daughter described her as a warm, fun-loving person who lived by the old adage that hard work never hurt anybody.’
    • ‘But then again, what are sex surveys really for, if not to uphold old adages and reinforce our cultural beliefs, attitudes and concerns when it comes to sex.’
    saying, maxim, axiom, proverb, aphorism, saw, dictum, precept, epigram, epigraph, motto, truism, platitude, cliché, commonplace
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, from Latin adagium ‘saying’, based on an early form of aio ‘I say’.

Pronunciation

adage

/ˈadɪdʒ/