1
: having knowledge or skills acquired by one's own efforts without formal instruction
a self-taught musician
2
: learned by oneself
self-taught knowledge

Examples of self-taught in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All are self-taught and create everything from playful reproductions of mundane household staples (such as cereal boxes and telephones) to functional décor like vases and frames. Alexa Brazilian, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Jay Lee was similarly self-taught, having picked up their father’s guitar after leaving school at 15. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 26 Feb. 2024 List out all of your skills, even ones that are self-taught or came naturally — e.g., programming languages, administrative software (Microsoft Office, Google Docs), social media or Internet research including AI. Caroline Ceniza-Levine, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Coming from illiterate parents, Woodson was largely self-taught in his education and didn’t begin high school until 20-years-old. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 5 Feb. 2024 Unlike many of her contemporaries making waves in Mexican cinema today, Avilés is self-taught and never went to film school. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 While this may be Ando and Armani’s inaugural residential venture as a team, the two have had a working relationship since 2001, when the Italian luxury fashion house commissioned the innovative (and self-taught) Japanese architect to create the Armani/Teatro in Milan. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2024 Nuttall was self-taught in what was then a new field of study that employed few women, and her contributions have been largely forgotten. David Conrads, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2023 Muhammed is largely self-taught but also spent some time being professionally trained. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of self-taught was in 1586

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“Self-taught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-taught. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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self-taught

adjective
ˈself-ˈtȯt
1
: having knowledge or skills acquired by one's own efforts without formal instruction
a self-taught musician
2
: learned by oneself
self-taught knowledge

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