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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…
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