Definition of savant
1 : a person of learning; especially : one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature)
2 : a person affected with a mental disability (such as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music); especially : autistic savant
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Examples of savant in a Sentence
a savant in the field of medical ethics
Recent Examples of savant from the Web
She is regarded as a feminist savant by the left-leaning cultural cognoscenti.
All that work, and all that was proven was what some guy on his couch down the street in Santa Clara could’ve told them: Walsh was a savant.
Besides being an indomitable force throughout his 18-year career in the NBA, Shaq has also proven to be a hip hop savant.
Every 16th-century savant and scholar and crackpot aspired to study in Prague under great minds like the astronomer Johannes Kepler and the court mathematician, Tycho Brahe.
A Google Doodle appearing in the country Friday shows the savant seated next to a kneeling student, with dreams of books floating above his head — alluding to reputation as a font of wisdom.
Along with his friend, the late Eugene Walter, Higginbotham was a member of the Mobile Association of Sages and Savants, which hosted monthly literary programs at the Mobile Public Library's Bernheim Hall.
Of the many juicy subplots between the Cavs and Warriors, one that frequently goes overlooked is Lue, the former assistant who has blossomed in no time into one of the league's brightest young head coaches and a playoff savant.
A virtual unknown outside Wall Street, the 50-year-old native New Yorker has earned a reputation over the years as something of a savant for his ability to resuscitate failing store chains such as Talbots and Zales.
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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.
SAVANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of savant for English Language Learners
: a person who knows a lot about a particular subject
: a person who does not have normal intelligence but who has very unusual mental abilities that other people do not have
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