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[self-meyd] /ˈsɛlfˈmeɪd/
having succeeded in life unaided:
He is a self-made man.
made by oneself.
Origin of self-made
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Mr. Crayon was self-made, and was willing that it should be known.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • The question that troubled him was what sort of a self-made man to be!

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • His greatest pride lay in the fact that he was a self-made man, and truly he looked as if constructed upon a home made pattern.

  • He was well to do and boasted often that he was a self-made man.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Daly, being what is termed a self-made man, entertained a prejudice against youths of the leisure class.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for self-made


having achieved wealth, status, etc, by one's own efforts
made by oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-made

1610s, "made by oneself," from self- + made. Self-made man first recorded 1832, American English; the sense is "having attained material success in life without extraneous advantages."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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