Main definitions of sage in US English:

: sage1sage2

sage1

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

    • ‘Mediterranean herbs such as sage (salvia officianalis) are hardy and tasty plants.’
    • ‘Sheri's houseplants go for about $5 each, while her herbs like oregano, sage and thyme are $4.’
    • ‘Thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano are all found here.’
    • ‘Herbs like borage, sage and hyssop are excellent food sources for these beneficial insects, so they could be planted in the flower borders to prevent pests like greenfly from damaging other plants in the border.’
    • ‘We've got hawthorn, gingko, elder, mullein, lavender, sage, thyme, echinacea, borage, yarrow and plenty of pine trees.’
    • ‘She was told that lavender and culinary sage wouldn't grow here.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's because it isn't a classic culinary herb like basil or sage, or maybe because its medicinal values are limited.’
    • ‘The best culinary sage is native to southern Europe.’
    • ‘Plants deer especially dislike include catmint, chives, lavender, sage, spearmint, thyme and yarrow-all useful and easy to grow in this area.’
    • ‘Not only are they aromatic and in season most of the year, but there is nothing better than having fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, coriander and chives at your fingertips.’
    • ‘And, the culinary herb, sage, that you use in the kitchen is often enough to put a damper on hot flashes.’
    • ‘You also can plant lavender, oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage.’
    • ‘Good choices to plant now are basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley rosemary, sage, and thyme.’
    • ‘Thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage, basil and coriander all contain high levels of phyto-chemicals, which can help ward off heart disease and cancers.’
    • ‘Herb de Provence is a mixture of herbs, often including thyme, rosemary, tarragon, chervil, sage, marjoram, basil and fennel seed.’
    • ‘Cover a berm with low-growing aromatic herbs such as basil, prostrate rosemary, sage, and lemon and lime thyme.’
    • ‘In a sunny window, try oregano, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, and thyme.’
    • ‘I use thyme, sage, rosemary, chives, basil, dill, sorrel, salad burnet, chervil, oregano and mint as well as parsley.’
    • ‘There is nothing better than having fresh herbs on hand for cooking and marjoram, thyme, sage, chives, rosemary, parsley and basil will all thrive on a windowsill.’
    • ‘Other culinary herbs, like sage, rosemary and thyme, are native to Mediterranean regions where the air is rather temperate and dry.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of aromatic plants of the mint family that resemble sage, e.g. wood sage.
      • ‘Wood sage will do well in full sun or light shade.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Either of two bushy North American plants with silvery-gray leaves.

    an aromatic plant that is burned by some North American Indians for its cleansing properties and as an incense (Artemisia ludoviciana, family Compositae)

    a plant of the goosefoot family (Krascheninnikovia lanata, family Chenopodiaceae)

    • ‘Mexican bush sage grows 3 to 4 feet tall and bears velvety purple flower spikes from early- or midsummer into winter, or until a cold snap shuts them down.’
    • ‘Attract hummingbirds by planting Mexican bush sage, pineapple sage, and beebalm.’
    • ‘He rode horseback through rolling hills of silver sage.’
    • ‘Topical oils or hair products containing eucalyptus and sage will help heal a head that's been damaged by overprocessing.’
    • ‘The mountain tops are wild, but the valley bottom is filled with cottonwood trees, purple sage and wild geranium, and riverside paths meander away to waterfalls and pools.’
    • ‘Cleveland and white sage, creosote bush and brittlebush, pine and redwood, for instance, are filled with resins and release their scents on warm afternoons.’
    • ‘For instance, you could always grab some white sage and burn it in each room, paying particular attention to doors, windows and any corners where ‘spirits’ might hang out.’
    • ‘The tepees, the yoga kiva, the pre-massage ritual of burning sage to ward off evil spirits - are all nods to an ancient way of life.’
    • ‘Vivid pink roses lead the eye through the border, while butterfly bush, Mexican sage, and penstemon add bursts of soft purple blooms here and there.’
    • ‘The most common shrubs are creosote bush, ocotillo, and bur sage.’
    • ‘At some sweat lodges sage and cedar are thought to purify the space, while tobacco leaves bless the earth.’
    • ‘And over there is some Creosote Bush, Shadscale, Big Sagebrush, Bladder sage, and Blackbush.’
    • ‘The talks sitting by the pool, lying on a Mexican blanket in front of the candle altar, burning white sage in an abalone shell for hours all reiterated the feeling that I was home.’
    • ‘This area is lightly vegetated with juniper, pine, sage, and grasses.’
    • ‘One of my friends, who was some-part Cherokee, told me the Native Americans use white sage to purify themselves and their homes of any negative spirits.’
  • 3

    short for sagebrush

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sage

/sāj//seɪdʒ/

Main definitions of sage in US English:

: sage1sage2

sage2

noun

  • A profoundly wise man, especially one who features in ancient history or legend.

    • ‘The wisdom of great sages of antiquity comes to us mainly through the aural tradition, and so has almost certainly suffered distortion through intermediaries.’
    • ‘The sages who advise the party leader on these matters are turning their attention to his deputy.’
    • ‘Well, many sages and wise men over the years have recommended the mountain top.’
    • ‘Like ancient sages, the pundits pore over the details of Gordon Brown's speech and the related Budget documents as if they were holy texts.’
    • ‘But they forget the kind of tapas, intense spiritual disciplines, which were done by those ancient sages.’
    • ‘It has its source in the experience handed down by the sages of ancient China, followers of Taoism philosophy.’
    • ‘Just as the ancient sages can't be blamed for the ideology of the Sangh Parivar, the actions of these so-called leaders cannot be traced to the Sikh values.’
    • ‘His insistence on winning through non-violence is no less a feat than the great feats of the sages of ancient India.’
    • ‘Rulers, in his view, should be subject to higher laws, devised by the ancient sages Confucius and Mencius and administered by learned mandarins.’
    • ‘Actually, mythology was only set up by ancient sages to help explain the very complicated Hindu philosophy in an unphilosophical way.’
    • ‘According to ancient legends, 90 million sages lived, worshiped and meditated at this place.’
    • ‘When calling on the Gurukkal, don't expect to meet a venerable sage with wrinkles to testify the years of experience he had in life.’
    • ‘Ancient tribal leaders and sages of the day sought to find answers.’
    • ‘As a young materialist it mattered to me that we too have our ancient texts, our saints and sages, wise men and good news.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of our ancient sages was so blown away by the concept that he declared charity to be equal in importance to all the other commandments combined.’
    • ‘Kashmir was a holy land for us, where our yogis and sages prayed and meditated and many of our Hindu people went on pilgrimages.’
    • ‘Right from ancient times, sages and seers have been preaching that money alone should not be the aim in life, for it could never bring contentment.’
    • ‘According to legend, all the sages once gathered in the Himalayas.’
    • ‘I want children to grow up under the influence of the wisdom of the ancient sages.’
    wise man, wise woman, learned man, learned woman, man of letters, woman of letters, philosopher, scholar, thinker, savant, solomon, nestor, solon
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adjective

  • Having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom.

    ‘they nodded in agreement with these sage remarks’
    • ‘Jag wanted to snap at her, ask her where the hell she got off sounding so damned wise, but something in her sage words made sense.’
    • ‘I believe that, like me, you will gain a deeper appreciation for this illustrious artist after reading Moore's sage views.’
    • ‘New staff members' burning questions are often perfect opportunities to allow returning staff to dole out sage advice or let their positive camping experiences shine.’
    • ‘Jeeves' grave and sage philosophy towards booze is encapsulated perfectly at the end of another Wodehouse story.’
    • ‘So now that my kids are older and the people who feel proprietary over babies have lost their desire to give me sage advice, they have had to come up with new and improved ways of sticking their noses into my ovaries.’
    • ‘Remember the sage advice of Whodini, who, at the height of the crack era put out the ‘prescient’ hit single: The Freaks Come Out at Night.’
    • ‘I think this image-enhancement business is complete nonsense since not a single viewer remembers what the sage politician has uttered.’
    • ‘But for years this sage advice, though accepted almost universally among economists, had essentially no impact on policy.’
    • ‘Having spent six years teaching in Spain herself, she's an English as a Second Language veteran and seasons her answers to the pensive newbies with colourful stories and sage advice.’
    • ‘Adams analyzed this behavior with sage remarks regarding trace elements and essential dietary supplements.’
    • ‘As with the 2000 election, will you inject your sage Texas wisdom into your 2000 election projections?’
    • ‘As an example of that sage philosophy, the site's fantasy sports games and NCAA basketball tournament contests help draw sports fans to the site whether they have cable or not.’
    • ‘Trying to keep the peace is the sage Andy, whose cool intellectualizing goes from being an annoying trait to an obvious shield for his own emotional issues.’
    • ‘He then continues to give him very sage, wise advice regarding governing wisely.’
    • ‘In this autobiography, Manning portrays himself as a humble but highly intellectual and sage man who is driven by a love of country and his Christian faith.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Liberal Larry is offering sage advice regarding the tragedy in London.’
    • ‘However, once refreshed - perhaps next year - he may be tempted back into the fray as a business angel, venture capitalist, corporate adviser or indeed sage media commentator.’
    • ‘But vows were meant to be broken, as the sage philosopher Jennifer Lopez has pointed out.’
    • ‘I'll also be constrained by Kieran's sage advice; indeed I didn't feel much like posting after the war began for reasons much like those Kieran adduces.’
    wise, learned, clever, intelligent, showing great knowledge, with great knowledge, knowledgeable, sensible, intellectual, scholarly, sagacious, erudite
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

sage

/sāj//seɪdʒ/