Definition of 'proverb'
Example sentences containing 'proverb'
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`Let's change the old proverb ," said Adam, `from `A ruse is worth a tribe" to `A ruse is worth almost anything". KARA KUSH (2002)
Every man's personal proverb about himself is: "Whatever is, is right, in the best of all possible people. THE DICE MAN (2002)
Trends of 'proverb'
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Translations for 'proverb'
British English: proverb /ˈprɒvɜːb/ NOUN
A proverb is a short sentence that people often quote, which gives advice or tells you something about life. For example, `A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.'
An old proverb says, `The enemy of my enemy is my friend'.
- American English: proverb
- Arabic: مَثَل
- Brazilian Portuguese: provérbio
- Chinese: 谚语
- Croatian: poslovica
- Czech: přísloví
- Danish: talemåde
- Dutch: gezegde
- European Spanish: refrán
- Finnish: sananlasku
- French: proverbe
- German: Sprichwort
- Greek: παροιμία
- Italian: proverbio
- Japanese: ことわざ
- Korean: 격언
- Norwegian: ordspråk
- Polish: przysłowie
- European Portuguese: provérbio
- Romanian: proverb
- Russian: пословица
- Spanish: refrán
- Swedish: ordspråk
- Thai: สุภาษิต
- Turkish: atasözü
- Ukrainian: прислів'я
- Vietnamese: tục ngữ
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