self-taught

adjective
\ ˈself-ˈtȯt How to pronounce self-taught (audio) \

Definition of self-taught

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

First Known Use of self-taught

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about self-taught

Statistics for self-taught

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for self-taught

The first known use of self-taught was in 1586

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for self-taught

self-taught

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of self-taught

: educated by your own efforts (such as by reading books) rather than by a teacher
: learned by your own efforts rather than at school

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on self-taught

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with self-taught

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for self-taught

Spanish Central: Translation of self-taught

Nglish: Translation of self-taught for Spanish Speakers

Comments on self-taught

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

WORD OF THE DAY

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

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!