from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use. See Synonyms at saying. See Usage Note at redundancy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use.
- n. An old saying, which has been overused or considered a cliché; a trite maxim.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pithy saying in current use; a brief familiar proverb; an expression of popular wisdom, generally figurative, in a single phrase or sentence, and of remote origin.
- n. Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
French, from Old French, from Latin adagium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French adage, from Latin adagium. (Wiktionary)