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[ad-ij] /ˈæd ɪdʒ/
a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
Origin of adage
1540-50; < French < Latin adagium, equivalent to ad- ad- + ag- (stem of āio I say) + -ium -ium
Related forms
[uh-dey-jee-uh l] /əˈdeɪ dʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
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  • He was perfectly contented to bide his time, remembering that adage: "All things come to him who waits."

    Dorothy at Skyrie Evelyn Raymond
  • Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' like the poor cat i' the adage.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • He was one of the fools who devote their lives to disproving the adage that experience teaches them.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • We also hear on all sides the adage that money is the sinews of war.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • This perfectly agrees with the above passage from Bonduca, and is doubtless the original sense and original form of the adage.

British Dictionary definitions for adage


a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin adagium; related to āio I say
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Word Origin and History for adage

1540s, Middle French adage, from Latin adagium "adage, proverb," apparently from adagio, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *agi-, root of aio "I say," from PIE *ag- "to speak." But Tucker thinks the second element is rather ago "set in motion, drive, urge."

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