- a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
- someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.
- wise, judicious, or prudent: sage advice.
Origin of sage1
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Examples from the Web for sagest
That is the briefest and sagest of maxims which bids us "meddle not."
Why insist that of all the world I am sagest and always right?
She was sufficiently delectable a picture to turn the sagest head.Beyond The Rocks
There may be some reason for those constant changes in the navy; but they are not apparent to the sagest landsman living.Sustained honor
John R. Musick,
Some of the sagest observations ever made by Franklin are found in his letters to Vaughan, and several of his happy stories.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2)
Wiliam Cabell Bruce
- a man revered for his profound wisdom
- profoundly wise or prudent
- obsolete solemn
- 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 and History for sagest
"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.