A proverb or short statement expressing a general truth: the old adage ‘out of sight out of mind’
More example sentences
- Scientists have shown that there is a degree of truth in the old adage that love is blind.
- They still exchange mnemonic sayings, adages and proverbs.
- The adage, that truth is often stranger than fiction, is a huge understatement.
mid 16th century: from French, from Latin adagium 'saying', based on an early form of aio 'I say'.