Definition of savant in English:

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Pronunciation: /saˈvän(t)/ Pronunciation: /säˈvän(t)/


A learned person, especially a distinguished scientist. See also idiot savant.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with savant

Havant, haven't, savante

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Syllabification: sa·vant

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