Definition of savant in English:


Syllabification: sa·vant
Pronunciation: /saˈvänt, sə-


  • A learned person, especially a distinguished scientist. See also idiot savant.
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    • Gigerenzer seems to think that considered debate between these savants would permit a slower but better guided development of scientific psychology.
    • They're obsessed with systems, and they're good at systemizing, even when they don't happen to be mathematics professors or savants.
    • I wanted to link up what Brits were up to in the period 1600 to 1900 and what other cultures, people, savants and natural philosophers are doing to give a networked picture of the development of the sciences.
    intellectual, scholar, sage, philosopher, thinker, wise/learned person; guru, master, pundit, pandit


early 18th century: French, literally 'knowing (person)', present participle (used as a noun) of savoir.

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