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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom.
  • adj. Having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment.
  • adj. Proceeding from or marked by wisdom and calm judgment: sage advice.
  • adj. Archaic Serious; solemn.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Salvia, especially S. officinalis, having aromatic grayish-green, opposite leaves. Also called ramona.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
  • n. Any of various similar or related plants in the mint family.
  • n. Sagebrush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. wise
  • n. a wise man or spiritual teacher; a man of gravity and wisdom, especially, a teacher venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave or stoic philosopher
  • n. A savory spice, Salvia officinalis, also planted for ornamental purposes. Scientific name: Salvia officinalis
  • interj. Word used in the email field of imageboards to prevent a bump of the post. Used as an option rather than a word in some imageboard software
  • v. The act of using the word or option sage in the email field or a checkbox of an imageboard when posting a reply

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A suffruticose labiate plant (Salvia officinalis) with grayish green foliage, much used in flavoring meats, etc. The name is often extended to the whole genus, of which many species are cultivated for ornament, as the scarlet sage, and Mexican red and blue sage.
  • n. The sagebrush.
  • adj. Having nice discernment and powers of judging; prudent; grave; sagacious.
  • adj. Proceeding from wisdom; well judged; shrewd; well adapted to the purpose.
  • adj. Grave; serious; solemn.
  • n. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wise; judicious; prudent.
  • Applied to advice: Sound; well-judged; adapted to the situation.
  • Learned; profound; having great science.
  • Synonyms Sagacious, Knowing, etc. (see astute), judicious. See list under sagacious.
  • Oracular, venerable.
  • n. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; particularly, a man venerable for years, and known as a man of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.
  • n. A plant of the genus Salvia, especially S. officinalis, the common garden sage.
  • n. A name of certain plants of other genera. See the phrases below.
  • n. In California, Trichostema lanatum, a labiate plant.
  • n. See Kochia.
  • n. In southern California, another whitish plant of the same order, Audibertia polystachya, a shrub from 3 to 10 feet high, useful in bee-pastures. It is one of the plants called greasewood.
  • n. In Jamaica, species of Lantana.
  • n. At the Cape of Good Hope, a large composite shrub, Tarchonanthus camphoratus, having a strong balsamic odor. Also called African fleabane.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
  • adj. having wisdom that comes with age and experience
  • n. a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
  • n. aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc
  • adj. of the grey-green color of sage leaves

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere, to be wise.
Middle English sauge, from Old French, from Latin salvia, from salvus, healthy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 *sap- (“to taste”). The noun meaning "man of profound wisdom" is recorded from circa 1300. Originally applied to the Seven Sages of Greece. (Wiktionary)
From Old French sauge, from Latin salvia, from salvus (healthy), see safe. (Wiktionary)
From Japanese 下げる (sageru, "to lower"). (Wiktionary)

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