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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For about a decade, the Australian polymath has been surfing the time stream, venturing into psychedelia with a choir boy’s voice, impeccable melodies and wall-of-sound sonics. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Tame Impala’s freak flag flies at half-staff at Anthem show," 25 Aug. 2019 The protagonist of this unconventional novel is the seventeenth-century polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 12 Aug. 2019 Not all influencers are brilliant polymaths, of course. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.," 16 July 2019 Less typical is someone like garage-punk polymath Ty Segall, who last week kicked off a residency at downtown L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom, running Fridays through Sept. 27. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Inside rocker Ty Segall’s two-month L.A. residency: ‘This is too crazy to work’," 31 July 2019 Rudofsky, who died in 1988, was an architect by training, a polymath by appetite, and an iconoclast by temperament. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes," 11 July 2019 Morgan Delt leads the bill with his gauzy futurist stylings, alongside the cosmic grit of Pearl Charles, creative polymath Vinyl Williams and newcomers The Sunsettes. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music in L.A.: Robyn, Cuco, XXL Freshman and more," 24 July 2019 Landscape with Rain, It’s hard to imagine a better anchorman for the Cosmic Impact Channel than Lyall Watson, a prolific South African writer and naturalist somewhere on the spectrum between crank and polymath. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 Perfect Cuts The 19th-century French polymath Henri Poincaré was one of the first mathematicians to think about manifolds as combinations of simple pieces glued together. Quanta Magazine, "A Proof That Some Spaces Can’t Be Cut," 13 Jan. 2015

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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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English Language Learners Definition of polymath

formal : someone who knows a lot about many different things

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