a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
Obsolete. a schoolmaster.

Origin of pedant

1580–90; < Italian pedante teacher, pedant; apparently akin to pedagogue; see -ant
Related formsped·ant·esque, adjectiveped·ant·hood, noun

Synonyms for pedant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pedant

Contemporary Examples of pedant

  • Call me a Limbaugh pedant, but Rush is on in the afternoon; has been for 22 years.

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    Rick Perlstein

    February 3, 2010

Historical Examples of pedant

British Dictionary definitions for pedant



a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail
archaic a schoolmaster or teacher

Word Origin for pedant

C16: via Old French from Italian pedante teacher; perhaps related to Latin paedagōgus pedagogue
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Word Origin and History for pedant

1580s, "schoolmaster," from Middle French pédant (1560s) or directly from Italian pedante, literally "teacher, schoolmaster," of uncertain origin, apparently an alteration of Late Latin paedagogantem (nominative paedagogans), present participle of paedagogare (see pedagogue). Meaning "person who trumpets minor points of learning" first recorded 1590s.

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