- a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.
Origin of savant
Examples from the Web for savant
Like a savant, he navigates us through a tasting of three French beers, finished off by a pairing with 18-month-old comté cheese.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France
December 2, 2013
Internet savant Aaron Swartz was found dead in his New York apartment on Friday from an apparent suicide.
"I think sometimes the [media] tends to focus on those people who have savant skills," said Bell.Hollywood Takes on Autism
February 24, 2010
This persistency had struck the savant, and he asked a mutual friend to introduce him.My Double Life
A comparison reveals that the one author is not a cook while the other is not a savant.
No savant now denies the transmittable taint of insanity and consumption.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
Here the savant seeing a hobby-horse near, caught him and jumped on.White Lies
"I will trouble you with a few commissions," said the savant.Dona Perfecta
B. Perez Galdos
- a man of great learning; sage
Word Origin and History for savant
"one eminent for learning," 1719, from French savant "a learned man," noun use of adjective savant "learned, knowing," former present participle of savoir "to know," from Vulgar Latin *sapere, from Latin sapere "be wise" (see sapient).