[ seyj ]
/ seɪdʒ /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sagest


/ (seɪdʒ) /


a man revered for his profound wisdom


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


/ (seɪdʒ) /


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)

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Word Origin and History for sagest
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