Definition of autodidact in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːtəʊdɪdakt/


A self-taught person.
Example sentences
  • I highly recommend this epoch-making CD-ROM to teachers, students, and even autodidacts.
  • Both were autodidacts, who went, perfunctorily, to school and college while pursuing their education by their own means and under their own instruction.
  • Though neither attended university, Jonson was a famous autodidact whose classical learning (including his knowledge of Greek) easily outstripped Shakespeare's.



Pronunciation: /ɔːtəʊˈdɪdaktɪk/
Example sentences
  • In her lifetime she noted that her work highlighted the unfortunate divide between autodidactic and certified professional therapy.
  • Helene got him a topflight classical guitar teacher, who found the boy stubbornly autodidactic.
  • ‘The autodidactic element was one of the identifying characteristics of the New Swiss film, both for filmmakers and technicians’.


Mid 18th century: from Greek autodidaktos 'self-taught', from autos 'self' + didaskein 'teach'.

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