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savant

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

Simple Definition of savant

  • : 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

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

  2. 2 :  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\

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