polymath

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noun poly·math \ˈpä-lē-ˌmath\

Definition of polymath

  1. :  a person of encyclopedic learning

polymath

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polymathic

play \ˌpä-lē-ˈma-thik\ adjective

polymathy

play play \pə-ˈli-mə-thē, ˈpä-lə-ˌma-thē\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of polymath

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


POLYMATH Defined for English Language Learners

polymath

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noun

Definition of polymath for English Language Learners

  • : someone who knows a lot about many different things


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