poly·​math | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌmath How to pronounce polymath (audio) \

Definition of polymath

: a person of encyclopedic learning

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Other Words from polymath

polymath or polymathic \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈma-​thik How to pronounce polymathic (audio) \ adjective
polymathy \ pə-​ˈli-​mə-​thē How to pronounce polymathy (audio) , ˈpä-​lə-​ˌma-​thē How to pronounce polymathy (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Also sounding their last notes were musical polymath Andre Previn, Monkees pop star Peter Tork, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, and R&B artist James Ingram. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 31 Dec. 2019 This year marks what is believed by many to be the 800th birthday of an especially courageous truth seeker, the English polymath Roger Bacon. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: The truth," 1 May 2020 The mathematician and polymath John von Neumann initiated the study of the infinite-dimensional matrices that arise from quantum mechanical systems in the 1930s. Quanta Magazine, "Graced With Knowledge, Mathematicians Seek to Understand," 8 Apr. 2020 What reconciles these writers is Miles Malleson, a 20th-century English theatrical polymath and the Mint Theater’s latest discovery. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Chekhov and Tolstoy Reunited in ‘Love Stories’," 12 Feb. 2020 Unlike a novelist, who can conjure entire worlds with language, a game maker must often be a polymath, skilled in programming, art, design, and composition. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Video Game That Lets You Make Video Games," 19 Feb. 2020 The creative polymath Arthur Yorinks brings dark comedy to a picture book illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Many Ways of Making Mischief," 7 Feb. 2020 As polymath Jaron Lanier explains, the real purpose of this kind of tech is to manipulate and influence us by tiny, lucrative degrees. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Social Dilemma': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 In the experiment, first proposed in 1801 by British polymath Thomas Young, a beam of photons—particles of light—flies toward a wall with two slits cut in it. Urbasi Sinha, Scientific American, "Quantum Slits Open New Doors," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of polymath

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polymath

Greek polymathēs very learned, from poly- + manthanein to learn — more at mathematical

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“Polymath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymath. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of polymath

formal : someone who knows a lot about many different things

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