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

Definition of polymath

: a person of encyclopedic learning

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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

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Recent Examples on the Web Though his race afforded him limited education and professional prospects, the enterprising polymath earned a fortune during the California gold rush and became a prominent intellectual, a treasury official and a member of the Ohio legislature. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is remembered for and connected with many things -- now including 14 living descendants, according to new research. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 24 July 2021 Fourteen people alive today can now boast a direct genetic link to the famed Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci, reports Italian wire service Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA). Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 And there’s plenty that people are still discovering about the creative polymath. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 The new study is part of an international effort to find and sequence the polymath's DNA. NBC News, 14 July 2021 The cut traces Tyler’s growth from an aspiring internet troublemaker to a live performer picketed at his own concerts and banned in countries overseas to the boundlessly creative 30-year-old polymath of today. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 25 June 2021 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

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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 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of polymath

: someone who knows a lot about many different things

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