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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)

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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…
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