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sager; sagest

Definition of sage

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : wise through reflection and experience
b archaic : grave, solemn
2 : proceeding from or characterized by wisdom, prudence, and good judgment sage advice

Definition of sage (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : one (such as a profound philosopher) distinguished for wisdom
2 : a mature or venerable person of sound judgment

Definition of sage (Entry 3 of 4)

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


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Definition of Sage (Entry 4 of 4)

Russell 1816–1906 American financier

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Noun (2)

3sage 1a

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from sage


sagely adverb
sageness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sage

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 the exercise of restraint guided by 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

Examples of sage in a Sentence

Adjective a sage suggestion that she think long and hard before deciding to marry at such a young age

First Known Use of sage


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

Noun (2)

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

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The first known use of sage was in the 14th century

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“Sage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sage. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sage

formal : very wise
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Kids Definition of sage

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: wise entry 1 sense 1 She gave sage advice.

Other Words from sage

sagely adverb He nodded sagely.



Kids Definition of sage (Entry 2 of 3)

: a very wise person



Kids Definition of sage (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a mint with grayish green leaves used especially to flavor foods


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Medical Definition of sage

: 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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