au·​to·​di·​dact | \ ˌȯ-tō-ˈdī-ˌdakt How to pronounce autodidact (audio) , -dī-ˈdakt How to pronounce autodidact (audio) , -də-ˈdakt \

Definition of autodidact

: a self-taught person was an autodidact who read voraciously

Other Words from autodidact

autodidactic \ ˌȯ-​tō-​dī-​ˈdak-​tik How to pronounce autodidact (audio) , -​də-​ \ adjective

Examples of autodidact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Greenwood has made up for it with an autodidact's zeal. Joshua Rothkopf,, 19 Jan. 2022 Coe, an autodidact and the son of the outlaw-country musician David Allan Coe, relishes his role as scholar-enthusiast-gadfly, and his zeal is the show’s animating force. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 In a land of promoters and dreamers, Thaddeus Lowe was a standout visionary, a scientific autodidact who came to California more than 20 years after his service as creator and chief aeronaut of the Union Army balloon corps. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Patricia Lockwood is an autodidact in her late thirties who did not attend college because her outré oxymoronic father, a Catholic priest, spent her tuition money on a guitar that had been designed for Paul McCartney. Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 His friends and siblings describe Mr. Seivwright as a passionate autodidact. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 These are the citizen journalists, forum posters with statistics degrees, bloggers who work on Wall Street, and autodidact podcasters. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, 4 Mar. 2021 As with Mary Anning in Ammonite, Basil Brown is a real hero, another working-class autodidact who spent his life finding extraordinary things in the ground. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2021 Unfortunately, d’Hérelle was an autodidact working as a volunteer at the Institut Pasteur, in Paris. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of autodidact

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autodidact

Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from aut- + didaktos taught, from didaskein to teach

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“Autodidact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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