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See also: Savant
Borrowed from French savant, from Latin sapiō. Doublet of sapient.
- (General American) IPA(key): /sæˈvɑnt/, /səˈvɑnt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsæv.ənt/
Audio (UK) (file)
- Rhymes: (General American) -ɑnt
savant (plural savants)
- A person of learning, especially one who is versed in literature or science.
- A person who is considered eminent because of their achievements.
- A person with significant mental disabilities who is very gifted in one area of activity, such as playing the piano or mental arithmetic.
- Synonym: idiot savant
a person of learning
a person eminent for their achievements
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- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “savant”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
Old present participle of the verb savoir (modern: sachant).
savant (feminine savante, masculine plural savants, feminine plural savantes)
- scholarly, scientific
- savant mélange
- perfect blend
- érudit, though the two are often juxtaposed (savants being portrayed as wise, the erudite as book-smart)
savant m (plural savants, feminine savante)
- (obsolete) present participle of savoir
- “savant”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Alternative form of savynge
savant m (plural savanți)
Declension of savant
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|nominative/accusative||(un) savant||savantul||(niște) savanți||savanții|
|genitive/dative||(unui) savant||savantului||(unor) savanți||savanților|
- English terms derived from Proto-Indo-European
- English terms derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *seh₁p-
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