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

  • adj. Having achieved success or recognition by one's own efforts: a self-made millionaire.
  • adj. Made by itself or oneself: a self-made pond.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a person, having achieved success by one's own efforts.
  • adj. Of a thing, made by oneself instead of bought or taken over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made by one's self.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made by one's self or itself.
  • Having attained success in life without extraneous advantages, especially without material aid from one's family: as, a self-made man.

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

  • adj. having achieved success or recognition by your own efforts


self- +‎ made (Wiktionary)



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  • People would say of him excusingly that he was a self-made man, the inference being that almost anyone else would have made a better job of it. - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008