adage

[ ad-ij ]
/ ˈæd ɪdʒ /

noun

a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.

Nearby words

  1. ada deficiency,
  2. adabazar,
  3. adactylous,
  4. adactyly,
  5. adad,
  6. adagio,
  7. adah,
  8. adak,
  9. adam,
  10. adam and eve

Origin of adage

1540–50; < French < Latin adagium, equivalent to ad- ad- + ag- (stem of āio I say) + -ium -ium

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

Can be confusedadage aphorism apothegm axiom maxim proverb

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British Dictionary definitions for adage

adage

/ (ˈædɪdʒ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for adage

adage

n.

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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