Definition of proverb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

proverb

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BrE BrE//ˈprɒvɜːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːvɜːrb//
 
Linguistic devices
 
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a well-known phrase or sentence that gives advice or says something that is generally true, for example Waste not, want not. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin Middle English: from Old French proverbe, from Latin proverbium, from pro- ‘(put) forth’ + verbum ‘word’.Extra examples As the old proverb has it: ‘A stitch in time saves nine’. As a Chinese proverb has it : ‘The fish will be the last to discover the water.’ a dictionary of proverbs
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