Definition of savante in English:

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savante

Pronunciation: /ˈsav(ə)nt/
/savɑ̃t/

noun

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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with savante

Havant, haven't, savant

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: sav|ante

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