idiot savant

[ id-ee-uht sa-vahnt, suh-vant, sav-uhnt; French ee-dyoh sa-vahn ]
/ 藞瑟d i 蓹t s忙藞v蓱nt, s蓹藞v忙nt, 藞s忙v 蓹nt; French i dyo蕣 sa藞v蓱虄 /
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noun, plural id路i路ot sa路vants, French id路i路ots sa路vants [ee-dyoh sa-vahn]. /i dyo蕣 sa藞v蓱虄/. Psychiatry.
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.
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Origin of idiot savant

1925鈥30; <French: literally, learned idiot
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British Dictionary definitions for idiot savant

idiot savant
/ (藞i藧dj蓹蕣 s忙藞v蓱虄, 藞瑟d瑟蓹t 藞s忙v蓹nt) /

noun plural idiots savants (藞i藧dj蓹蕣 s忙藞v蓱虄) or idiot savants
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

Word Origin for idiot savant

C19: from French: knowledgeable idiot
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Medical definitions for idiot savant

idiot savant
[ s膬-v盲nt ]

n. pl. idiot savants
A mentally retarded person who exhibits genius in a highly specialized area, such as mathematics.
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