idiot savant

noun
idiot sa·​vant | \ˈē-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ or same as idiot and savantfor respective singular and plural forms\
plural idiots savants\ ˈē-​ˌdyō-​sä-​ˈväⁿ(z) \ or idiot savants\ ˈē-​ˌdyō-​sä-​ˈväⁿ(z) \

Definition of idiot savant 

1 : savant

2 : a person who is highly knowledgeable about one subject but knows little about anything else

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Similarly, Yang's character Jian Yang is portrayed as an idiot savant, a mostly silent character there for Erlich (T.J. Miller, who was fired from the show) to mock. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Actually, HBO's Silicon Valley Doesn't Have To Be So White," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of idiot savant

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for idiot savant

French, literally, learned idiot

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idiot savant

noun
idiot sa·​vant | \ˈē-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ; ˈid-ē-ət-sə-ˈvänt, -ˈvant \
plural idiots savants\ -​ˌdyō-​sä-​ˈväⁿ(z); -​əts-​sə-​ˈvänt(s), -​ˈvant(s) \ or idiot savants

Medical Definition of idiot savant 

: savant

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