philosopher

noun phi·los·o·pher \ fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fər \
Updated on: 22 Jan 2018

Definition of philosopher

1 a : a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment : scholar, thinker
b : a student of philosophy
2 a : a person whose philosophical perspective makes meeting trouble with equanimity easier
b : an expounder of a theory in a particular area of experience
c : one who philosophizes

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Origin and Etymology of philosopher

Middle English philosophe, philosophre, from Anglo-French, from Latin philosophus, from Greek philosophos, from phil- + sophia wisdom, from sophos wise


PHILOSOPHER Defined for English Language Learners

philosopher

noun

Definition of philosopher for English Language Learners

  • : a person who studies ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc. : a person who studies philosophy


PHILOSOPHER Defined for Kids

philosopher

noun phi·los·o·pher \ fə-ˈlä-sə-fər \

Definition of philosopher for Students

1 : a person who studies ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things
2 : a person who takes misfortunes with calmness and courage


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