savant syndrome

noun

Definition of savant syndrome

: the condition in which a person having a developmental disorder (such as autism or intellectual disability) exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music) People with savant syndrome, for example, often score low on intelligence tests but have an island of brilliance—some incredible ability, as in computation, drawing or musical memory …— David G. Myers

First Known Use of savant syndrome

1983, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about savant syndrome

Time Traveler for savant syndrome

Time Traveler

The first known use of savant syndrome was in 1983

See more words from the same year

Statistics for savant syndrome

Cite this Entry

“Savant syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savant%20syndrome. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for savant syndrome

savant syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of savant syndrome

: the condition in which a person having a developmental disorder (as autism or intellectual disability) exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (as mathematics or music) People with savant syndrome, for example, often score low on intelligence tests but have an island of brilliance—some incredible ability, as in computation, drawing or musical memory.— David G. Myers

Comments on savant syndrome

What made you want to look up savant syndrome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!