Meaning of “proverb” in the English Dictionary

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"proverb" in British English

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proverbnoun [ 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?

(Definition of “proverb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proverb" in American English

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proverbnoun [ C ]

us /ˈprɑv·ərb/

literature a short statement, usually known by many people for a long time, that gives advice or expresses some common truth:

A Chinese proverb says that the longest journey begins with a single step.

(Definition of “proverb” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)