proverb definition, meaning - what is proverb in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “proverb”

See all translations

proverb

noun [C] uk   /ˈprɒv.ɜːb/  us   /ˈprɑː.vɝːb/
C2 a short sentence, etc., usually known by many people, stating something commonly experienced or giving advice: The appetite, says the proverb, grows with eating. [+ that] There is an old Arab proverb that everything you write or speak should pass through three gates: Is this kind? Is this necessary? Is this true?
Translations of “proverb”
in Arabic مَثَل, قَوْل مَأثور…
in Korean 속담…
in Malaysian peribahasa…
in French proverbe…
in Turkish atsözü…
in Italian proverbio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 諺語,格言…
in Russian пословица…
in Polish przysłowie…
in Vietnamese thành ngữ…
in Spanish proverbio…
in Portuguese provérbio…
in Thai สุภาษิต…
in German das Sprichwort…
in Catalan proverbi…
in Japanese ことわざ, 格言…
in Indonesian pepatah…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谚语,格言…
(Definition of proverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of proverb?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “proverb” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More