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[suh-voi-erd, sav-oi-ahrd; French sa-vwa-yar] /səˈvɔɪ ərd, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrd; French sa vwaˈyar/
noun, plural Savoyards
[suh-voi-erdz, sav-oi-ahrdz; French sa-vwa-yar] /səˈvɔɪ ərdz, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrdz; French sa vwaˈyar/ (Show IPA)
a native or inhabitant of Savoy.
a person enthusiastic about or connected with Gilbert and Sullivan operas: so called from the Savoy Theater in London, where the operas were first presented.
of or relating to Savoy, its people, or their dialect.
Origin of Savoyard
From French, dating back to 1690-1700; See origin at Savoy, -ard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • And then, there is the affair with the little Savoyard, who will return, I hope.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Savoyard puts his head on one side, shakes it, and strokes his mice.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Great as he is, those peaks would have been touched very differently by a Savoyard as great as he.

  • They say the Savoyard is not a bad comrade, and at any rate he can charge like a soldier.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • He was a Savoyard, expelled from his country because of his religious principles.

  • Can it be doubted that this Savoyard priest had a premonition of the Conservation of Force?

  • And now mile, at eighteen, may learn the sublime mysteries of that faith which is professed by Rousseau's Savoyard vicar.

  • Why, baron, who would have thought to meet you thus in a Savoyard inn?

  • Each of these figures is animated by a lout of a Savoyard who has not even intelligence enough to play the beast.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • The Savoyard river was reached and the outlying tan-yard crossed.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
British Dictionary definitions for Savoyard


/səˈvɔɪɑːd; French savwajar/
a native of Savoy
the dialect of French spoken in Savoy
of or relating to Savoy, its inhabitants, or their dialect


a person keenly interested in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
a person who takes part in these operettas
Word Origin
C20: from the Savoy Theatre, built in London in 1881 by Richard D'Oyly Carte for the presentation of operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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