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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-ij]
    • /ˈæd ɪdʒ/
    • /ˈæd.ɪdʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-ij]
    • /ˈæd ɪdʒ/

Definitions of adage word

  • countable noun adage An adage is something which people often say and which expresses a general truth about some aspect of life. 3
  • noun adage a traditional saying that is accepted by many as true or partially true; proverb 3
  • noun adage an old saying that has been popularly accepted as a truth 3
  • noun adage a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb. 1
  • noun adage A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth. 1
  • noun adage saying, proverb 1

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Origin of adage

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
1540-50; < French < Latin adagium, equivalent to ad- ad- + ag- (stem of āio I say) + -ium -ium

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Parts of speech for Adage


adage popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

adage usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adage

noun adage

  • aphorism — An aphorism is a short witty sentence which expresses a general truth or comment.
  • dictum — A dictum is a formal statement made by someone who has authority.
  • maximHiram Percy, 1869–1936, U.S. inventor.
  • precept — a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
  • motto — a maxim adopted as an expression of the guiding principle of a person, organization, city, etc.

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