The noun sage is defined as someone who is very wise. It also refers to a plant with grayish green aromatic leaves used as a culinary herb. Sage can also act as an adjective which means wise or considerate, especially as a result of experience.

Synonyms are discerning, insightful, perceptive, or prudent.

The word origins from Middle English and Anglo-French (13th century) sage, salge, and from Latin salvia, salvus meaning healthy from its use as a medicinal herb. It also meant “a man profound wisdom” in the mid 14th century. Originally applied to the Seven Sages: Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus. As an adjective, the word came from Old French (11th century) sage meaning “wise, knowledgeable, learned, shrewd, skilful”. It meant “characterized by wisdom” in the 1530s.

Believe it or not, my grandmother adds sage when cooking fried chicken.

What she needs the most right now is a sage suggestion. 

I’ve been wanting to interview a sage and it’s finally happening on Monday.