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.’
    • ‘They still exchange mnemonic sayings, adages and proverbs.’
    • ‘The old adage about lies, damn lies and statistics springs to mind.’
    • ‘The adage, that truth is often stranger than fiction, is a huge understatement.’
    • ‘The old adage would suggest that you always play to your strengths and I would always go along with that.’
    • ‘The old adage is true, there are plenty of other fish in the sea - it's just that they are not particularly pretty.’
    • ‘It's scant consolation but the old adage there is always someone else worse off than yourself can help banish the blues.’
    • ‘One of the oldest military adages has it that those who want peace prepare for war.’
    • ‘It's an old adage but it's one that the people of Newry and Mourne are ignoring.’
    • ‘On the whole I have always agreed with the old adage that horses were dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.’
    • ‘In line with the old adage, things did get worse around here before they got better.’
    • ‘It all goes to demonstrate the old adage that statistics can be used to prove anything, provided you jiggle them properly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The enthusiasts for revolutionary methods overlook the truth of the adage that the best is often the enemy of the good.’
    • ‘The old adage that more is not necessarily better is certainly the proverbial case here.’
    • ‘And Rolf is a fan - if the old adage about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery holds true.’
    • ‘This is a book which confirms the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her daughter described her as a warm, fun-loving person who lived by the old adage that hard work never hurt anybody.’
    • ‘As the old adage says, nothing that comes from a coconut tree is ever wasted.’
    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

/ˈædɪdʒ//ˈadij/