proverb Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “proverb” in the English Dictionary

"proverb" in British English

See all translations

proverbnoun [C]

uk   /ˈprɒv.ɜːb/  us   /ˈprɑː.vɝːb/
C2 a ​shortsentence, etc., usually ​known by many ​people, ​stating something ​commonlyexperienced or giving ​advice: The ​appetite, says the proverb, ​grows with ​eating. [+ that] There is an ​oldArab proverb that everything you write or ​speak should ​pass through three ​gates: Is this ​kind? Is this ​necessary? Is this ​true?
(Definition of proverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proverb" in American English

See all translations

proverbnoun [C]

 us   /ˈprɑv·ərb/
literature a ​shortstatement, usually ​known by many ​people for a ​longtime, that gives ​advice or ​expresses some ​commontruth: A Chinese proverb says that the ​longestjourneybegins with a ​singlestep.
(Definition of proverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “proverb”
in Korean 속담…
in Arabic مَثَل, قَوْل مَأثور…
in Malaysian peribahasa…
in French proverbe…
in Russian пословица…
in Chinese (Traditional) 諺語,格言…
in Italian proverbio…
in Turkish atsözü…
in Polish przysłowie…
in Spanish proverbio…
in Vietnamese thành ngữ…
in Portuguese provérbio…
in Thai สุภาษิต…
in German das Sprichwort…
in Catalan proverbi…
in Japanese ことわざ, 格言…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谚语,格言…
in Indonesian pepatah…
What is the pronunciation of proverb?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More