wise man


Definition of wise man

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


biographical name
Wise·​man | \ ˈwīz-mən How to pronounce Wiseman (audio) \

Definition of Wiseman (Entry 2 of 2)

Nicholas Patrick Stephen 1802–1865 English cardinal and author

Examples of wise man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Gospel of Matthew tells that the magi (the three wise men) follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts (gold (turmeric), frankincense, and myrrh) to Jesus, born the king of the Jews. The Rev. Ellin Dize, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dize: Jesus is the reason for the season and Christmas is an inclusive holiday," 30 Nov. 2019 Gold symbolizes the gift from the three wise men, blue represents Mother Mary and the rich blue robes she was often seen in as a result of her wealth, and white links to the purity of Jesus himself. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "The History of Christmas Colors—and Why They're Red and Green—Is Actually Fascinating," 29 Oct. 2019 Zimcosky went on to write the story of a 10-year-old boy, based on himself, taking trips to visit his grandparents in Pennsylvania and, while there, meeting a wise man who lived on a hill. cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights’ Zimcosky continues growth as person, author," 8 Sep. 2019 The wise men of baseball like to say there are only two kinds of baseball players: those who have been humbled and those who are about to be. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "How Justin Verlander Mastered the Twain of Body and Mind in HIs Mid-30s," 1 Sep. 2019 Frankincense, one of three fabled gifts the wise men brought to honor Jesus, has been used for millennia as an incense in cooking and religious ceremonies. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 Tupaia was the wise man or man of knowledge, often called a priest, whom Cook met on Tahiti and who quickly proved indispensable. Damion Searls, Harper's magazine, "The Tide-Beating Heart of Earth," 10 May 2019 In one tale, the Oracle at Delphi supposedly stated that Socrates was the wisest man in Athens. National Geographic, "Who was Socrates?," 11 Mar. 2019 Please accept this wisdom from a not-very-wise man. Jason Gay, WSJ, "America Needs More Kids on Bikes," 14 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wise man.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wise man


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wise man

Time Traveler for wise man

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wise man

Last Updated

9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wise man.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wise%20man. Accessed 16 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on wise man

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wise man

Comments on wise man

What made you want to look up wise man? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a smooth flowing sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!