noun sa·vant \sa-ˈvänt, sə-, -ˈväⁿ; sə-ˈvant, ˈsa-vənt\

: a person who knows a lot about a particular subject

: a person who does not have normal intelligence but who has very unusual mental abilities that other people do not have

Full Definition of SAVANT

:  a person of learning; especially :  one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature)
:  idiot savant 1

Examples of SAVANT

  1. <a savant in the field of medical ethics>

Origin of SAVANT

French, from Middle French, from present participle of savoir to know, from Latin sapere to be wise — more at sage
First Known Use: 1719

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noun sa·vant \sa-ˈvänt, sə-, -ˈvant\

Medical Definition of SAVANT


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