Part of speech: noun

A brief, pithy saying; a maxim; byword.

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Usage examples "proverb":

  1. Harlson said, one day: " I believe that an old proverb should be changed. - "A Man and a Woman", Stanley Waterloo.
  2. " Whoever would live long," so ran their proverb, " must see neither the rising nor the setting sun." - "Old Calabria", Norman Douglas.
  3. With this he had the reputation of being a clever, clear- headed man, and his sound common- sense was almost a proverb. - "The New Rector", Stanley J. Weyman.