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

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 4 Dec. 2022.

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