Definition of savante in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈsav(ə)nt/


A female savant.
Example sentences
  • The roll-call of celebrated women expanded from the traditional saints, queens, Biblical heroines and aristocratic savantes to include middle-class bluestockings, actresses and other non-elite prodigies.
  • Her skirts brush the heap of geographical aids she was consulting earlier and left piled in a corner, since femmes savantes are rarely tidy: some rolled maps, a terrestrial globe and a huge leather-bound atlas fully a fifth of her height.


Mid 18th century: French, feminine of savant (see savant).

Words that rhyme with savante

Havant, haven't, savant
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.