What does proverb mean?

Definitions for proverb
ˈprɒv ərbproverb

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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

Wiktionary

  1. proverb(Noun)

    A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proverb(noun)

    an old and common saying; a phrase which is often repeated; especially, a sentence which briefly and forcibly expresses some practical truth, or the result of experience and observation; a maxim; a saw; an adage

  2. Proverb(noun)

    a striking or paradoxical assertion; an obscure saying; an enigma; a parable

  3. Proverb(noun)

    a familiar illustration; a subject of contemptuous reference

  4. Proverb(noun)

    a drama exemplifying a proverb

  5. Proverb(verb)

    to name in, or as, a proverb

  6. Proverb(verb)

    to provide with a proverb

  7. Proverb(verb)

    to write or utter proverbs

Freebase

  1. Proverb

    A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. Proverbs are often borrowed from similar languages and cultures, and sometimes come down to the present through more than one language. Both the Bible and medieval Latin have played a considerable role in distributing proverbs across Europe, although almost every culture has examples of its own.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proverb

    prov′ėrb, n. a short familiar sentence expressing a well-known truth or moral lesson: a byword: (B.) a difficult saying that requires explanation: (pl.) a book of the Old Testament: a dramatic composition in which a proverb gives name and character to the plot.—v.t. to speak of proverbially: make a byword of: to provide with a proverb.—adj. Prover′bial, like or pertaining to proverbs: widely spoken of.—v.t. Prover′bialise, to turn into a proverb.—ns. Prover′bialism, a saying in the form of, or like, a proverb; Prover′bialist.—adv. Prover′bially. [Fr. proverbe—L. proverbiumpro, publicly, verbum, a word.]

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How to say proverb in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proverb in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proverb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of proverb in a Sentence

  1. Proverb:

    Fools repeat the proverb

  2. Lord John Russell:

    A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    Fall down seven times, get up eight. Japanese Proverb

  4. Proverb:

    Though the proverb is abandoned, it is not falsified.

  5. Miguel de Cervantes:

    A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

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