Friday, February 10, 2006
autodidact noun [aw-toh-DAHY-dakt, -dahy-DAKT] a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.
Definitions for autodidact
- a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for autodidact
You could have presented yourself as being self-taught, the product of your own worthy efforts, there's nothing to be ashamed of, society in the past took pride in its autodidacts…
Until that time I had ascribed the reasons for my cultural eclecticism to my condition as a proletarian autodidact. As I have already explained, I have spent every moment of my existence that could be spared from work in reading, watching films, and listening to music.
Origin of autodidact
Autodidact can be traced to the Greek autodídaktos meaning "self-taught." The combining form auto- is used in formation of compound words and means "self," "same," "spontaneous."