Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A learned person; a scholar.
  • noun An idiot savant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A man of learning or science; one eminent for learning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A man of learning; one versed in literature or science; a person eminent for acquirements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person of learning; one who is versed in literature or science.
  • noun A person eminent for acquirements.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, learned, savant, from Old French, present participle of savoir, to know, from Vulgar Latin sapēre, from Latin sapere, to be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French savant from Latin sapere.

Examples

  • All the whole human drift, from the first ape-man to the last savant, is but a phantom, a flash of light and a flutter of movement across the infinite face of the starry night.

    THE HUMAN DRIFT

  • To be sure, a 13 year old, no matter how savant, is not experienced in the ways of the world, and looks like a kid most likely.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Age Discrmination Against Child Prodigy?

  • That the gourmand, amiable savant, is pictured as nibbling on a partridge wing (itself related to the arm which raises it to the diner's mouth) au suprême (mark of invested expertise), thus with the expertly prepared food neither completely inside or outside the mouth even as it is consumed, a circumstance that works to prolong the process of eating and its attendant pleasure, emphasizes this ambiguity.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • The point, non­cha­lant savant, is not to elim­i­nate waste but to min­i­mize it as much as pos­si­ble while keep­ing other value para­me­ters in mind.

    There’s Oil in the Water « Snarkmarket

  • An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.

    Hall of Flame

  • An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.

    Hall of Flame

  • An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.

    Hall of Flame

  • An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.

    Hall of Flame

  • An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.

    Hall of Flame

  • An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.

    Hall of Flame

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  • You almost never hear this word without being prefaced by idiot.

    July 8, 2007