[ 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

a·da·gi·al [uh-dey-jee-uh l] /əˈdeɪ dʒi əl/, adjective

Can be confused

adage aphorism apothegm axiom maxim proverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adage


/ (ˈædɪdʒ) /


a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb

Word Origin for adage

C16: via Old French from Latin adagium; related to āio I say
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