Definition of proverbial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈvɜːbiəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈvɜːrbiəl//
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  1. 1[only before noun] used to show that you are referring to a particular proverb or well-known phrase Let's not count our proverbial chickens. He drinks like the proverbial fish.
  2. 2[not usually before noun] well known and talked about by a lot of people synonym famous Their hospitality is proverbial.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin proverbialis, from proverbium, from pro- ‘(put) forth’ + verbum ‘word’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: proverbial