autodidact

[ aw-toh-dahy-dakt, -dahy-dakt ]
/ ˌɔ toʊˈdaɪ dækt, -daɪˈdækt /

noun

a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.

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Origin of autodidact

1525–35; < Greek autodídaktos self-taught; see auto-1, didactic

OTHER WORDS FROM autodidact

au·to·di·dac·tic, adjectiveau·to·di·dac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for autodidactic

autodidact
/ (ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt) /

noun

a person who is self-taught

Derived forms of autodidact

autodidactic, adjective

Word Origin for autodidact

C16: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach
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