- The definition of sapient is wise or knowing.
A sage or wise man is an example of someone sapient.
- full of knowledge; wise; sagacious; discerning
- of or relating to the existing human species (Homo sapiens)
Origin of sapientMiddle English ; from Classical Latin sapiens, present participle of sapere, to taste, know: see sap
Origin of sapientMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin sapiēns, sapient-, present participle of sapere, to taste, be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more sapient, superlative most sapient)
- Homo sapiens
From Old French sapient, or its source, Latin sapiÄ“ns.