First attested in 1624; from the Ancient Greek πολυμαθής (polumathḗs, “having learnt much”), from πολύς (polús, “much”) + μάθη (máthē) (mathē, “learning”; from μανθάνω (manthánō), manthanō “I learn”); compare opsimath, philomath, polyhistor, polymathic, polymathist, and polymathy, as well as the French polymathe.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: pŏʹlĭmăth, IPA(key): /ˈpɒlɪmæθ/
- (UK) enPR: pŏʹlĭmăth, IPA(key): /ˈpɒlɪmaθ/
- (US) enPR: pŏʹlimăth', IPA(key): /ˈpɑliˌmæθ/
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polymath (plural polymaths)
- A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.
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