philosopher

noun

phi·​los·​o·​pher fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fər How to pronounce philosopher (audio)
1
a
: a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment : scholar, thinker
b
: a student of philosophy
2
a
: a person whose philosophical perspective makes meeting trouble with equanimity easier
b
: an expounder of a theory in a particular area of experience
c
: one who philosophizes

Examples of philosopher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Darwin also read philosophers, such as John Stuart Mill and Auguste Comte, and had a number of works about psychology, religion, art, history, travel, farming and animal breeding and behavior. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 The philosopher is known to have sailed across the Gulf of Naples on a rescue mission to help those fleeing the devastation. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Advice on life’s trickiest situations and moral dilemmas from the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 In conversation, Song comes across as an openhearted philosopher, happy to talk matters of the heart and the mind and grateful to have come out of the filmmaking gate with such a surge. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Psychologists, linguists and philosophers have long strived to pin down what a concept is. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 Imagine an English literature course that included no books written after 1600; a philosophy syllabus designed on the assumption that all philosophers after David Hume were second-rate; an archaeology professor who refused to teach anything postdating the Lower Paleolithic. Peter Thonemann, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2024 Over time, Yudkowsky fashioned himself into an artificial-intelligence researcher and philosopher. Robert Evans, Rolling Stone, 27 Jan. 2024 Steered by its artistic director, the Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and retro jazz philosopher Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center was cultivating an older and affluent audience, adjacent to the opera-going crowd. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English philosophe, philosophre, from Anglo-French, from Latin philosophus, from Greek philosophos, from phil- + sophia wisdom, from sophos wise

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of philosopher was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Philosopher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philosopher. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

philosopher

noun
phi·​los·​o·​pher fə-ˈläs-(ə-)fər How to pronounce philosopher (audio)
1
a
: a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment : scholar, thinker
b
: a student of philosophy
2
: a person who is calm and patient when faced with trouble
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