adage

[ ad-ij ]
/ ˈæd ɪdʒ /

noun

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

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Origin of adage

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

OTHER WORDS FROM adage

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adage

adage aphorism apothegm axiom maxim proverb
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British Dictionary definitions for adages

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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