- 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 sagely
She must be very sure of him, thought the little Italian sagely.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
At the entrance, Verelst, pretexting a pretext, sagely dropped out.The Paliser case
"First impressions are always best, I find," she said sagely.Miss Pat at School
"A woman is never too young to adore some man," said Marjorie, sagely.Four Days
"It takes two to make a quarrel, though," answered Tom sagely.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
- 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 sagely
"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.