savant was our Word of the Day on 07/14/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of savant in a Sentence
a savant in the field of medical ethics
Recent Examples of savant from the Web
Olson and sewing savant Edmond Joseph hang new sheers.
Both these numbers are higher than at least 27 of the 50 U.S. states in 2016, according to the savants at the Electoral Integrity Project.
Churchman, the video savant, restored a few at a time.
The feature savant Quavo hops in mid-record for the assist on the hook and delivers a verse of his own.
This album by bedroom-recording savant Landon Caldwell (a friend from Bloomington, Indiana) playfully combines multitracked Syd Barrett-esque acoustic and vocal melodies with hazy, lo-fi Harmonia-style electronics.
What is playing out in Germany, says one cyber savant, Linus Neumann, verges on the hysterical.
Creating a great relationship with your players as a leader is a key part in playing the role of OC, Jay Gruden and Hue Jackson were savants at that aspect.
Sean McVay is fast gaining a reputation as a quarterbacks savant.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'savant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
Savant comes from Latin sapere ("to be wise") by way of Middle French, where "savant" is the present participle of savoir, meaning "to know." "Savant" shares roots with the English words "sapient" ("possessing great wisdom") and "sage" ("having or showing wisdom through reflection and experience"). The term is sometimes used in common parlance to refer to a person who demonstrates extraordinary knowledge in a particular subject, or an extraordinary ability to perform a particular task (such as complex arithmetic), but who has much more limited capacities in other areas.
Synonymspundit, sage, scholar
Related Wordsseer, wise man; polyhistor, polymath, Renaissance man; brain, egghead, genius, highbrow, intellect, intellectual, thinker, whiz, wizard; guru, mahatma, pandit, swami, yogi (also yogin); rabbi; master, mentor, teacher
Near Antonymsblockhead, dodo, dolt, donkey, dope, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fathead, fool, goon, half-wit, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, moron, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, numskull (or numbskull), pinhead, simpleton, stock, turkey
medical Definition of savant
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up savant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).