- a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
Origin of adage
Examples from the Web for adages
"Avoid a man who neither drinks nor smokes," was one of Don's adages.The Orchard of Tears
He speaks to the same purpose in the Adages, c. 189, as Jortin observes.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
As an example of Palmer's exposition, we will give that based on two adages of like import.
The adages or proverbs of all nations are the outgrowths of their first attempts at civilization.The College, the Market, and the Court
Caroline H. Dall
One seems to detect several grades or qualities of friendship in these adages.
- a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb
Word Origin and History for adages
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."