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Dictionary Definition

sage adj
1 having wisdom that comes with age and experience
2 of the gray-green color of sage leaves [syn: sage-green]


1 a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
2 aromatic fresh or dried gray-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc
3 any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb [syn: salvia]

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Etymology 1

From Old French sage (11th century), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere (to taste, to discern, to be wise), from Proto-Indo European base *sap- (to taste). The noun meaning "man of profound wisdom" is recorded from circa 1300. Originally applied to the Seven Sages of Greece.


  1. wise


  1. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
      we aspire to the magnanimous firmness of the philosophic sage
wise man

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Etymology 2

From Old French sauge, from Latin salvia, from salvus (healthy), see safe.


  1. A savory spice, Salvia officinalis, also planted for ornamental purposes. Scientific name: Salvia officinalis.
  • Czech: šalvěj
  • Dutch: salie
  • Estonian: salvei
  • Finnish: salvia
  • French: sauge
  • German: Salbei
  • Irish: sáiste
  • Italian: salvia
  • Japanese: セージ (sēji)
  • Neapolitan: sàrvia
  • Polish: szałwia
  • Portuguese: sálvia
  • Spanish: salvia
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sage (plural: sages)
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Late Latin (Gallo-Roman) *sapius from the verb sapere


  • /saʒ/
  • /saZ/



Extensive Definition

Sage or SAGE can refer to one of the following


  • Any of a number of ornamental and medicinal plants in three genera of the plant family Lamiaceae:
    • Salvia, a genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae
      • Common sage, a small evergreen subshrub; used as a culinary herb
    • Perovskia, a genus of seven species in the Lamiaceae or mint family, closely related to the genus Salvia
    • Phlomis, a genus of about 100 species of herbaceous plants, subshrubs and shrubs
  • Artemisia (genus), occasionally some of the species are called sages
    • Artemisia tridentata, Sagebrush, Big Sagebrush, Common Sagebrush, Blue Sagebrush, or Black Sagebrush
  • Leucophyllum, a genus of evergreen shrubs in the plant family Plantaginaceae, often called sages

Plant communities

  • Coastal sage scrub, a low scrubland plant community, characteristic plants include California sagebrush (Artemisia californica), black sage (Salvia mellifera), white sage (Salvia apiana)


See also Le Sage


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sage in German: Sage (Begriffsklärung)
sage in Japanese: Sage
sage in Korean: 세이지

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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