self-ed·​u·​ca·​tion ˌself-ˌe-jə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-education (audio)
plural self-educations
: the act or process of educating oneself by one's own efforts especially through reading and informal study
… her painstaking self-education in all matters pertaining to New York …James Traub
also : the skills or knowledge attained through self-education
[Mark] Coen purchased the old church for its space, moved in and set up shop while endeavoring to achieve a self-education in carpentry. Carrie Manner

Examples of self-education in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the duo spent years watching films, reading scripts and dissecting the techniques of their favorite directors in an admirable feat of self-education. Jamie Lang, Variety, 16 May 2024 Founding father Benjamin Franklin knew better than most the benefits of self-education. Elizabeth Webster, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Lee’s twenties were also a time of self-education and inquiry. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 Give back through volunteering, donating, or self-education, the better to ramp up empathy and connectedness. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 But ultimately, this method really comes down to thoughtfulness, artistry, and a little self-education. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 This book, Smiley’s 14th, fulfills two missions: first, as the exhilarating chronicle of a writer’s constant self-education. Joan Frank,, 15 June 2023 The most important thing is to approach the subject of cultural identity and history with openness and curiosity with the intention of self-education. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-education was in 1782

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“Self-education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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