There are 2 main definitions of sage in English:

sage1

Syllabification: sage
Pronunciation: /sāj
 
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noun

1An aromatic plant with grayish-green leaves that are used as a culinary herb, native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Salvia officinalis, family Labiatae
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  • Other culinary herbs, like sage, rosemary and thyme, are native to Mediterranean regions where the air is rather temperate and dry.
  • The best culinary sage is native to southern Europe.
  • Mediterranean herbs such as sage (salvia officianalis) are hardy and tasty plants.
1.1Used in names of aromatic plants of the mint family that resemble sage, e.g., wood sage.
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  • In our southern California garden Mexican sage thrives so well that we bind it with twine so it grows up where the hummingbirds get to it easier.
  • Wood sage will do well in full sun or light shade.
2 (also white sage) Either of two bushy North American plants with silvery-gray leaves.
  • An aromatic plant that is burned by some American Indian people for its cleansing properties and as an incense (Artemisia ludoviciana, family Compositae).A plant of the goosefoot family (Krascheninnikovia lanata, family Chenopodiaceae).
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  • Attract hummingbirds by planting Mexican bush sage, pineapple sage, and beebalm.
  • This area is lightly vegetated with juniper, pine, sage, and grasses.
  • Cleveland and white sage, creosote bush and brittlebush, pine and redwood, for instance, are filled with resins and release their scents on warm afternoons.
3 short for sagebrush.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French sauge, from Latin salvia 'healing plant', from salvus 'safe'.

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There are 2 main definitions of sage in English:

sage2

Syllabification: sage
Pronunciation: /sāj
 
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noun

A profoundly wise man, especially one who features in ancient history or legend.
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  • Sen Tetsu So Dan: the first two characters mean a great thinker, a wise man, a sage in ancient times, while the third means a group, or a collection.
  • As a young materialist it mattered to me that we too have our ancient texts, our saints and sages, wise men and good news.
  • Well, many sages and wise men over the years have recommended the mountain top.
Synonyms
wise man/woman, learned person, philosopher, thinker, scholar, savant;
authority, expert, guru

adjective

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Having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom: they nodded in agreement with these sage remarks
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  • Quite naturally from his advanced age of 24 he feels he can already look back on his own youth and offer sage advice and profound wisdom to his parents who are still raising his younger teenage brother.
  • He then continues to give him very sage, wise advice regarding governing wisely.
  • Adams analyzed this behavior with sage remarks regarding trace elements and essential dietary supplements.
Synonyms
wise, learned, clever, intelligent, having/showing great knowledge, knowledgeable, sensible, intellectual, scholarly, sagacious, erudite;

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French, from Latin sapere 'be wise'.

Derivatives

sagely

adverb
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  • ‘You'll get there when you get there,’ he replies sagely.
  • Absolutely everyone who has heard that I am doing the West Highland Way has nodded sagely and said, almost reverentially: ‘midges’.
  • Marshall McLuhan, were he around to witness it, would be nodding his head sagely at this weird digital nostalgia for the pre-digital.

sageness

noun
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  • One guess is that he conveyed a sageness, a discernment about life that people could easily sense.
  • Alfred is Wayne's butler and surrogate father, and a typical piece of silver-service sageness goes like this: ‘You start pretending to have fun, Master Wayne, you might even have a little by accident.’

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