Definitions for: Byword


[n] a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people



Webster (1913) Definition: By"word`, n. [AS. b["i]word; b["i], E. by + word.]
1. A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general
currency.

I knew a wise man that had it for a byword. --Bacon.

2. The object of a contemptuous saying.

Thou makest us a byword among the heathen. --Ps.
xliv. 14

Synonyms: adage, proverb, saw

See Also: expression, locution, saying

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