Fermat's last theorem

noun

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: a theorem in number theory: the equation xⁿ + yⁿ = zⁿ has no solutions when x, y, z, and n are all positive integers and n is greater than 2

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Etymology

Pierre de Fermat

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Fermat's last theorem was in 1847

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“Fermat's last theorem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Fermat%27s%20last%20theorem. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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