from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person of great or varied learning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of various learning. Also polymathist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person of great and varied learning
Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1624; from the Ancient Greek πολυμαθής (polumathēs, "having learnt much"), from πολύς (polus, "much") + μάθη (mathē, “learning”; from μανθάνω, manthanō “I learn”); compare opsimath, philomath, polyhistor, polymathic, polymathist, and polymathy, as well as the French polymathe. (Wiktionary)