[id-ee-uh t sa-vahnt, suh-vant, sav-uh nt; French ee-dyoh sa-vahn]
- a mentally defective person with an exceptional skill or talent in a special field, as a highly developed ability to play music or to solve complex mathematical problems mentally at great speed.
Origin of idiot savant
1925–30; < French: literally, learned idiot
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- a person with learning difficulties who performs brilliantly at some specialized intellectual task, such as giving the day of the week for any calendar date past or present
C19: from French: knowledgeable idiot
- A mentally retarded person who exhibits genius in a highly specialized area, such as mathematics.