wise man


: a man of unusual learning, judgment, or insight : sage
: a man versed in esoteric lore (as of magic or astrology)
especially : magus sense 1b

Examples of wise man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to National Geographic, Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, is the day Christians believe the three wise men found baby Jesus and gave him his gifts. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 To paraphrase a wise man, don’t be too stupid to keep moviegoers from having a good time. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2024 The parade, which has been known to include real camels and costumed wise men, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 95 Park St. and ends at 11 a.m. at Pope Park. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 The massive events ignite the holiday season for families across Latin America, which lasts through Jan. 6 for some, known as Epiphany or Dia de los Reyes, the day of the three wise men, known as Los Tres Reyes Magos. Luis Giraldo, CBS News, 24 Dec. 2023 But Kissinger kept his hand in, as an adviser and commentator — in Washington lingo, a wise man. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 The tale is split across a septet of singers who move in and out of solo, trio (i.e., shepherds and wise men) and ensemble passages. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 The nativity scene often depicts Jesus as a baby, alongside his mother Mary, often regarded by Catholics as a saint; as well as his father Joseph, wise men and their respective gifts, shepherds, angels and various animals, including donkeys and sheep. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 8 Dec. 2023 This is the day that the three wise men arrived to visit the baby Jesus. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wise man was before the 12th century

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“Wise man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wise%20man. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Wise·​man ˈwīz-mən How to pronounce Wiseman (audio)
Nicholas Patrick Stephen 1802–1865 English cardinal and author

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