Definition of


  1. (noun, food) aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc
  2. (noun, person) a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
  3. (noun, plant) any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
  4. (adj, all) of the grey-green color of sage leaves
  5. (adj, all) having wisdom that comes with age and experience

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Synonyms of Sage

sage-green, salvia

Origin of the word Sage

  1. kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), c.1310, from O.Fr. sauge (13c.), from L. salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In Eng. folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where th… more
  2. "wise," c.1300, from O.Fr. sage (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from V.L. *sapius, from L. sapere "have a taste, have good taste, be wise," from PIE base *sap- "to taste." The noun meaning "man of profound wisdom" is recorded from c.1300. Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and… more

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