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sage

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adjective \ˈsāj\

Simple Definition of sage

  • : very wise

Full Definition of sage

sag·ersag·est

  1. 1a :  wise through reflection and experienceb archaic :  grave, solemn

  2. 2 :  proceeding from or characterized by wisdom, prudence, and good judgment <sage advice>

sage·ly adverb
sage·ness noun

Examples of sage

  1. <a sage suggestion that she think long and hard before deciding to marry at such a young age>



Origin of sage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere to taste, have good taste, be wise; akin to Oscan sipus knowing, Old Saxon ansebbian to perceive


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of sage

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them <wise beyond his tender years>. sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom <the sage advice of my father>. sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment <the sapient musings of an old philosopher>. judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions <judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure>. prudent suggests exercise of the restraint of sound practical wisdom and discretion <a prudent decision to wait out the storm>. sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality <a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery>. sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness <remained sane even in times of crises>.

Rhymes with sage


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sage

noun

Definition of sage

  1. 1 :  one (as a profound philosopher) distinguished for wisdom

  2. 2 :  a mature or venerable man of sound judgment



14th Century

First Known Use of sage

14th century


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sage

noun

Definition of sage

  1. 1a :  a European perennial mint (Salvia officinalis) with grayish-green aromatic leaves used especially in flavoring meats; broadly :  salviab :  the fresh or dried leaves of sage

  2. 2 :  sagebrush

  3. 3 :  a light grayish green



Illustration of sage

Origin of sage

Middle English, from Anglo-French sage, salge, from Latin salvia, from salvus healthy; from its use as a medicinal herb — more at safe


First Known Use: 14th century

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Sage

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biographical name \ˈsāj\

Definition of Sage

  1. Russell 1816–1906 Am. financier




Medical Dictionary

sage

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noun \ˈsāj\

Medical Definition of sage

  1. :  a perennial mint of the genus Salvia (S. officinalis) having grayish green pungent and aromatic leaves that are much used in flavoring foods and as a mild tonic and astringent; broadly :  any plant of the genus Salvia





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