syn·​es·​thete ˈsi-nəs-ˌthēt How to pronounce synesthete (audio)
: a person affected with synesthesia

Examples of synesthete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The child with the hood on in this photo was born in 1988 and is an adult synesthete. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2015 None of those were the same across all synesthetes in all three families. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2018 One dominant theory, though, is that the brains of synesthetes have more connections than usual between different areas designated for different functions. Cari Romm, The Cut, 10 May 2018 The ability may seem intriguing, but why should someone who might never experience the world as synesthetes do care about this research? Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, 5 Mar. 2018 With the help of three large families of synesthetes, researchers identified a smattering of genes that may help explain their mingled senses. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2018 This sensory intermixing can occur in many different ways, involving various senses, but most synesthetes are born with it. Vanessa Potter, CNN, 10 Oct. 2017 There will be talks by synesthete and artist Rylie VanOrsdol, and Miami eye experts such as Dr. Ninel Z. Gregori, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Johnny Diaz,, 12 July 2017 Only small percentages of the synesthetes had associations that matched the School Days magnets. Eugene Palomado, National Geographic, 9 Mar. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of synesthete was in 1985

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“Synesthete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


syn·​es·​thete ˈsin-əs-ˌthēt How to pronounce synesthete (audio)
: one who experiences synesthesia
for a synesthete, a voice can spark color or taste as well as soundPsychology Today
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