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



BrE BrE//ˈædɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædɪdʒ//
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a well-known phrase expressing a general truth about people or the world synonym saying According to the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, from Latin adagium ‘saying’, based on an early form of aio ‘I say’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adage