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 polymath (audio) \ adjective
polymathy \ pə-​ˈli-​mə-​thē How to pronounce polymath (audio) , ˈpä-​lə-​ˌma-​thē How to pronounce polymath (audio) \ noun

Examples of polymath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show captures this polymath, currently the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear lines, at mid-career. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 Most people in a newsroom bring one expertise, but Lloren was a pop-culture polymath with a depth and breadth of knowledge spanning sports, music, movies, TV, music, comedy, San Francisco trivia and social media. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 The new partnership features the spirit of ReCreation through unique takes on the creative polymath’s Iranian and African American heritage. Nandi Howard, Essence, 14 May 2021 Opting not to marry or have children, the talented polymath made his living publishing popular almanacs replete with sophisticated astronomical predictions. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 Xavier Louis-Jacques was a budding polymath whose life ended at the age of 19. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Mar. 2021 Led by the likes of Beyonce, Chaka Khan and Nina Simone, the rising polymath -- who previously played famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman -- isn't shy about echoing the strength and courageous heroics of African American women. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2021 The creative polymath Ashley Hicks’s artistic adventures in lockdown are enough to make even the most productive aesthetes quake in admiration. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2021 Academic specialization overtook the polymath interests of naturalists. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of polymath was in 1621

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30 May 2021

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“Polymath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polymath. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of polymath

formal : someone who knows a lot about many different things

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