[ prov-erbz ]

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. a book of the Bible, containing the sayings of sages. Abbreviation: Prov.

Origin of Proverbs

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French proverbes, from Late Latin Prōverbia (Salomōnis, Solomōnis), translation of Hebrew mishlē (Shĕlōmōh) “Proverbs (of Solomon)”

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How to use Proverbs in a sentence

  • He will search out the hidden meanings of Proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.

  • Both of these readings appeal to the Solomonic portrait of the virtuous woman, in Proverbs xxxi.

    Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
  • In early English literature there was at one time a tendency to ascribe to Solomon various Proverbs not in the Bible.

    Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
  • He was wise enough to understand the Proverbs, “Lʼunion fait la force,” and “A house divided against itself shall surely fall.”

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Each of these sticks is inscribed with a certain number, corresponding with a sentence in a book of Proverbs.

British Dictionary definitions for Proverbs


/ (ˈprɒvɜːbz) /

  1. (functioning as singular) a book of the Old Testament consisting of the proverbs of various Israelite sages including Solomon

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