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[seyj] /seɪdʒ/
a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.
adjective, sager, sagest.
wise, judicious, or prudent:
sage advice.
Origin of sage1
1250-1300; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Old French < Late Latin sapidus wise, tasteful (Latin: tasty), equivalent to sap(ere) to know, be wise, orig. to taste (see sapient) + -idus -id4
Related forms
sagely, adverb
sageness, noun
1. philosopher. 3. sagacious.
1. fool. Unabridged
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  • "She'll make it, if any of her friends happen to be judges at the try-out," commented Judith sagely.

    Jane Allen: Right Guard Edith Bancroft
  • "Dividing their capital in order to keep up the price of stock," he said sagely.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • No Elamite prisoner was hanged (as I had sagely conjectured) at any stage of the evolution of the Saca.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • “Yes, I know that too,” replied the Boer, nodding his head slowly and sagely.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • "I didn't say they warn't dangerous," returned Latimer, sagely holding his head to one side.

    In the Van; or, The Builders John Price-Brown
  • Not so much a calamity in this instance as it has been in others, said Agnes sagely.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • Here is my little boy, grown into an historian, sagely philosophizing over the tragedies of 286 life.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • At the entrance, Verelst, pretexting a pretext, sagely dropped out.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • However, as Mr. Allen sagely observed, such conjectures were at present idle.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell
  • "First impressions are always best, I find," she said sagely.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
British Dictionary definitions for sagely


a man revered for his profound wisdom
profoundly wise or prudent
(obsolete) solemn
Derived Forms
sagely, adverb
sageness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin sapere to be sensible; see sapient


a perennial Mediterranean plant, Salvia officinalis, having grey-green leaves and purple, blue, or white flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
the leaves of this plant, used in cooking for flavouring
short for sagebrush
Word Origin
C14: from Old French saulge, from Latin salvia, from salvus safe, in good health (from the curative properties attributed to the plant)
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Word Origin and History for sagely

c.1400, from sage (adj.) + -ly (2).



"wise," c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sage "wise, knowledgeable, learned; shrewd, skillful" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere "have a taste, have good taste, be wise," from PIE root *sap- "to taste" (see sap (n.1)). Meaning "characterized by wisdom" is from 1530s. Related: Sageness.


kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), early 14c., from Old French sauge (13c.), from Latin salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In English folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. In late Old English as salvie, directly from Latin. Cf. German Salbei, also from Latin.

"man of profound wisdom," mid-14c., from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.

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Russian-American Gallium Experiment; formerly Soviet-American Gallium Experiment
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