sage

1
[seyj]
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noun

a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.

adjective, sag·er, sag·est.

wise, judicious, or prudent: sage advice.

Nearby words

  1. sagamore,
  2. sagan,
  3. sagan, carl edward,
  4. sagan, françoise,
  5. sagarmatha,
  6. sage cock,
  7. sage derby,
  8. sage green,
  9. sage grouse,
  10. sage hen

Origin of sage

1
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 formssage·ly, adverbsage·ness, noun

sage

2
[seyj]

noun

any plant or shrub belonging to the genus Salvia, of the mint family.
an herb, Salvia officinalis, whose grayish-green leaves are used in medicine and for seasoning in cookery.
the leaves themselves.

Origin of sage

2
1275–1325; Middle English sa(u)ge < Middle French sau(l)ge < Latin salvia, derivative of salvus safe (so named from its supposed healing powers)

Sage

[seyj]

noun

Russell,1816–1906, U.S. financier.

Le Sage

or Le·sage

[luh sazh]

noun

A·lain Re·né [a-lan ruh-ney] /aˈlɛ̃ rəˈneɪ/, 1668–1747, French novelist and dramatist.
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British Dictionary definitions for sage

sage

1

noun

a man revered for his profound wisdom

adjective

profoundly wise or prudent
obsolete solemn
Derived Formssagely, adverbsageness, noun

Word Origin for sage

C13: from Old French, from Latin sapere to be sensible; see sapient

noun

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 for sage

C14: from Old French saulge, from Latin salvia, from salvus safe, in good health (from the curative properties attributed to the plant)

Le Sage

Lesage

noun

Alain-René (alɛ̃rəne). 1668–1747, French novelist and dramatist, author of the picaresque novel Gil Blas (1715–35)
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Word Origin and History for sage
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