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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Every last Eve should have her Adam, according to the tiny, self-appointed sage.
▪ Having learned from that sage, I planted scented geraniums along the narrow part of the driveway.
▪ I will be spared the perils of a close encounter with the current Limnititzker sage.
▪ It was quite accidental that we planted Cleveland sage, a shrubby California native, next to where I park the truck.
▪ You are a teen-aged phenomenon with the body of a full grown man and the mind of a sage.
▪ Gabriel gets sage advice from Archie, the twin who died when they were little.
▪ The correspondent, however, was sage enough to emphasise that the relationship was far from causal.
▪ They were sage young people and got on with Christopher.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sage \Sage\, 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.

At his birth a star, Unseen before in heaven, proclaims him come, And guides the Eastern sages.


Sage \Sage\, n. [OE. sauge, F. sauge, L. salvia, from salvus saved, in allusion to its reputed healing virtues. See Safe.] (Bot.)

  1. 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.

  2. The sagebrush.

    Meadow sage (Bot.), a blue-flowered species of Salvia ( S. pratensis) growing in meadows in Europe.

    Sage cheese, cheese flavored with sage, and colored green by the juice of leaves of spinach and other plants which are added to the milk.

    Sage cock (Zo["o]l.), the male of the sage grouse; in a more general sense, the specific name of the sage grouse.

    Sage green, of a dull grayish green color, like the leaves of garden sage.

    Sage grouse (Zo["o]l.), a very large American grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus), native of the dry sagebrush plains of Western North America. Called also cock of the plains. The male is called sage cock, and the female sage hen.

    Sage hare, or Sage rabbit (Zo["o]l.), a species of hare ( Lepus Nuttalli syn. Lepus artemisia) which inhabits the arid regions of Western North America and lives among sagebrush. By recent writers it is considered to be merely a variety of the common cottontail, or wood rabbit.

    Sage hen (Zo["o]l.), the female of the sage grouse.

    Sage sparrow (Zo["o]l.), a small sparrow ( Amphispiza Belli, var. Nevadensis) which inhabits the dry plains of the Rocky Mountain region, living among sagebrush.

    Sage thrasher (Zo["o]l.), a singing bird ( Oroscoptes montanus) which inhabits the sagebrush plains of Western North America.

    Sage willow (Bot.), a species of willow ( Salix tristis) forming a low bush with nearly sessile grayish green leaves.


Sage \Sage\, a. [Compar. Sager; superl. Sagest.] [F., fr. L. sapius (only in nesapius unwise, foolish), fr. sapere to be wise; perhaps akin to E. sap. Cf. Savor, Sapient, Insipid.]

  1. Having nice discernment and powers of judging; prudent; grave; sagacious.

    All you sage counselors, hence!

  2. Proceeding from wisdom; well judged; shrewd; well adapted to the purpose.

    Commanders, who, cloaking their fear under show of sage advice, counseled the general to retreat.

  3. Grave; serious; solemn. [R.] ``[Great bards] in sage and solemn tunes have sung.''

    Syn: Wise; sagacious; sapient; grave; prudent; judicious.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), early 14c., from Old French sauge (13c.), from Latin salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). 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 English folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. In late Old English as salvie, directly from Latin. Compare German Salbei, also from Latin.


"wise," c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sage "wise, knowledgeable, learned; shrewd, skillful" (11c.), from Gallo-Roman *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere "have a taste, have good taste, be wise," from PIE root *sap- "to taste" (see sap (n.1)). Meaning "characterized by wisdom" is from 1530s. Related: Sageness.


"man of profound wisdom," mid-14c., from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 wise. 2 (context obsolete English) grave; serious; solemn n. A wise person or spiritual teacher; a man or woman of gravity and wisdom, especially, a teacher venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave or stoic philosopher. Etymology 2

    n. 1 The plant ''Salvia officinalis'' and savory spice produced from it; also planted for ornamental purposes. 2 Any plant in the genus Salvia 3 Any of a number of plants such as sagebrush considered to be similar to ''Salvia officinalis'', mostly because they are small shrubs and have gray foliage or are aromatic. Etymology 3

    interj. (context Internet slang English) (non-gloss definition: 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

  2. (context Internet slang English) The act of using the word or option ''sage'' in the email field or a checkbox of an imageboard when posting a reply

  1. adj. having wisdom that comes with age and experience

  2. of the gray-green color of sage leaves [syn: sage-green]

  1. n. 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]

Sage (comics)

Sage, also known as Tessa, is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. She has most often been associated with the X-Men and the Hellfire Club, whom she spied upon for Professor Charles Xavier.

A mutant, Sage possesses a number of mental abilities and was originally presented as the personal assistant to the Hellfire Club’s Sebastian Shaw, but an extended retcon revealed that she was one of the first mutants discovered by Professor Xavier. She has been a member of the original X-Men teams, Excalibur, the Exiles, and a cross-dimensional X-Men team similar to the Exiles known as the X-Treme X-Men.


Sage or SAGE may refer to:

Sage (Mozilla Firefox extension)

Sage is a lightweight RSS and atom feed aggregator extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. The extension was developed by Peter Andrews and Erik Arvidsson under .

Sage won the most "Most Innovative" award in Mozilla's 2006 "Extend Firefox" competition.

SAGE (game engine)

SAGE (Strategy Action Game Engine) is a game engine used by Westwood Studios and Electronic Arts for real-time strategy games.

SAGE (Soviet–American Gallium Experiment)

SAGE (Soviet–American Gallium Experiment, or sometimes Russian-American Gallium Experiment) is a collaborative experiment devised by several prominent physicists to measure the solar neutrino flux.

Sage (philosophy)

A sage (, sophos), in classical philosophy, is someone who has attained the wisdom which a philosopher seeks. The first to make this distinction is Plato, through the character of Socrates, within the Symposium. While analyzing the concept of love, Socrates concludes Love is that which lacks the object it seeks. Therefore, the philosopher (, meaning lover of wisdom) does not have the wisdom sought, while the sage, on the other hand, does not love or seek wisdom, for it is already possessed. Socrates then examines the two categories of persons who do not partake in philosophy:

  1. Gods and sages, because they are wise;
  2. Senseless people, because they think they are wise.

The position of the philosopher is between these two groups. The philosopher is not wise, but possesses the self-awareness of lacking wisdom, and thus pursues it.

Alternatively, the sage is one who lives "according to an ideal which transcends the everyday." Plato is also the first to develop this notion of the sage in various works. Within The Republic, Plato indicates that when a friend of a sage dies, the sage "will not think that for a good man... death is a terrible thing." In the Theaetetus, Plato defines the sage as one who becomes "righteous and holy and wise.", and is thus God-like in his nature.

The term has also been used interchangeably with a 'good person' (, agathos), and a 'virtuous person' (, spoudaios).

Sage (name)

Sage is a family name and a unisex given name. It can also be spelled Saige or Sayge. Its meaning is "herb" or "prophet".

Sage (photographer)

Sage, born in Porthcawl in Wales in 1963, is a photographer who has been shooting celebrities, corporate moguls and International personalities for over 25 years. His photographic career spans several continents including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Sage completed his training as a documentary photographer at the University of Wales in the UK, studying with Magnum photographer David Hurn. Sage's first photographed Welsh miners and their families during the UK miners' strike during the late 1980s. More recently, Sage completed a series of photographs featuring miners in Western Australia.

Sage commenced his career working on a variety of newspapers in the United States. His work includes photo journalism, documentary, and of course portraiture. His work has been featured in many publications both here and overseas including, Vogue, GQ, Australian Geo and The Australian Financial Review.

Immigrating to Australia in 1989, Sage was the first photographer on the Sydney Morning Herald to have his work published using his name professional name "Sage", and not a first and last name. He was also one of the first photographers who began desaturating colour in his work in Australia.

In 2000 Sage has his own retrospective at the acclaimed Lens Gallery in Sydney. The show, "Celebrity or Not," featured over sixty of his portraits and was opened by Andrew Sayers, former Director of The National Portrait Gallery. Soon after, Sage was asked to be part of "Glossy", a group show of local and international celebrity photographers at The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Australia. Here Sage's work was featured for the techniques he used, including lith prints, selenium, poly and gold tone prints.

Several of Sages's photographs, including Nora Heysen, Lewis Morley, Cate Blanchett, and Bernie McGann are kept in The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra

Spike Milligan, Lee Kwaun Yew, Cate Blanchett, Ian Thorpe, Roman Polanski, and Elvis Costello are only a few of the many people Sage has previously shot, and his extensive portfolio can be viewed on request. His corporate clients include Telstra, The Wallabies, Westpac, Newmont Asia Pac and many other top editorial clients throughout the world over the span of his career.

Sage (color)
Sage as a

Sage is a grey-green resembling that of dried sage leaves. As a quaternary color, it is an equal mix of the tertiary colors citron and slate (both confusingly also known as olive in different sources). The hex RGB color value of the Sage swatch at right is BCB88A.

Usage examples of "sage".

But old Selim Aga and the other sages led the muezzin into the coffeehouse and ordered coffee, Turkish Delight and a narghile, to calm him down.

Behind them, the sage continued his chant, reciting slokas upon slokas, the mantras seeming to change the very texture of the air they breathed, infusing their lungs with raw, pure energy drawn down from the akasa to replace the foul atmosphere of the Bhayanak-van.

But they went on merrily, albeit their road winded so much, that the Sage told them, when evening was, that for their diligence they had but come a few short miles as the crow flies.

Sage 5 ts Liquid hickory smoke Andouille was a great favorite in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

Oghma the Wise viewed her as a young sage, while Talos the Destroyer saw her as an annihilating whirlwind of magic that left havoc wherever she went.

The second Lokman, also called the Sage, was a slave and Abyssinian negro, sold by the Israelites during the reign of David or Solomon, and who left a volume of proverbs and exempla, not fables or apologues, some of which still dwell in the public memory.

Paracelsus, the great Reformer in medicine, discovered magnetism long before Mesmer, and pushed to its last consequences this luminous discovery, or rather this initiation into the magic of the ancients, who understood the grand magical agent better than we do, and did not regard the Astral Light, Azoth, the universal magnetism of the Sages, as an animal and particular fluid, emanating only from certain special beings.

The Sage had sent them there to find a druid named the Silent One, who was to guide them to the city of Bodach, where they were to seek an ancient artifact known as the Breastplate of Argentum.

Beside the rosemary, tarragon, and sage, a few bees still worked the bright blue borage flowers nodding from their sturdy stems.

In summer, I have purple floods of centaurea, feathery red heads of monarda, cheery yellow petals of coreopsis, pools of sage, and oceans of black-eyed Susans.

Thanks to the journalists who were onto Bill Hicks first: Len Belzer, Michael Barnes, Jack Boulware, Bill Brownstein, Lawrence Christon, Michael Corcoran, Bob Daily, Frank DiGiacomo, Robert Faires, Allan Johnson, Gerald Nachman, Mike Sager, Edith Sorenson, Michael Spies, Ernest Tucker, and Rick Vanderknyff.

Standing there in the sunlight, with sage cloud shadows racing toward me, I knew, without resort to my clairvoyant powers, that I was probably looking upon that treasured landscape for the last time.

Highly conceited of his own wisdom, he pleased himself with the fancy, that this raw youth, by his lessons and instructions, would, in a little time, be equal to his sagest ministers, and be initiated into all the profound mysteries of government, on which he set so high a value.

Fortune, which had taken pleasure in giving me a specimen of its despotic caprice, and had insured my happiness through means which sages would disavow, had not the power to make me adopt a system of moderation and prudence which alone could establish my future welfare on a firm basis.

I also asked whether the man who preferred titles of honour, for which he had paid in hard cash, to his ancient and legitimate rank, could pass for a sage.