self-in·​vent·​ed ˌself-in-ˈven-təd How to pronounce self-invented (audio)
: invented or created by oneself
a self-invented name/identity
These elements—which evince a, dare we say, heroic devotion to a self-invented rock-and-roll ideal—are the keys to ZZ Top's longevity and appeal.John Beifuss
The athlete [Ted Ligety] skis with what The New York Times has called a self-invented style, positioning himself so low on each turn that he's almost "sitting on the snow."Emily Sullivan
: self-made
It tells the story … of a self-invented billionaire's attempt to escape the inevitable through cryonic suspension.Philip Martin

Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-invented was in 1652

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“Self-invented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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