What does adage mean?

Definitions for adageˈæd ɪdʒ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverb, adage, saw, byword(noun)

    a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people


  1. adage(Noun)

    An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use.

  2. adage(Noun)

    An old saying, which has been overused or considered a clichu00E9; a trite maxim.

    u201CLike the poor cat iu2019 thu2019 adageu201D (Lady MacBeth)

  3. Origin: From adage, from adagium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adage(noun)

    an old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb


  1. Adage

    An adage is a short but memorable saying which holds some important fact of experience that is considered true by many people, or that has gained some credibility through its long use. It often involves a planning failure such as "don't count your chickens before they hatch" or "don't burn your bridges." Adages may be interesting observations, practical or ethical guidelines, or sceptical comments on life. Some adages are products of folk wisdom that attempt to summarize some form of basic truth; these are generally known as proverbs or bywords. An adage that describes a general rule of conduct is a "maxim". A pithy expression that has not necessarily gained credit through long use, but is distinguished by particular depth or good style is an aphorism, while one distinguished by wit or irony is an epigram. Through overuse, an adage may become a cliché or truism, or be described as an "old saw." Adages coined in modernity are often given proper names and called "laws" in imitation of physical laws, or "principles". Some adages, such as Murphy's Law, are first formulated informally and given proper names later, while others, such as the Peter Principle, have proper names in their initial formulation; it might be argued that the latter sort does not represent "true" adages, but the two types are often difficult to distinguish.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adage

    ad′āj, n. an old saying: a proverb. [Fr.—L. adagium, from ad, to, and root of aio, I say.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adage in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Amy Wenslow:

    There’s that old adage.

  2. John Kerry:

    I believe in John's adage that a fight not joined is a fight not enjoyed.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Simply TRUST this adage. Less the good; lesser the better; and least the very BEST as when it comes to having the number of people in a person’s circle.

  4. Med Jones:

    The adage that knowledge is power is true. In the world of financial markets and investments, knowledge is the ultimate power. Educate yourself before you invest, if you know something that others don't, you will make a lot of money

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:

    There is a homely old adage which runs Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far. If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.

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