philosophe

[ fil-uh-sof, fil-uh-zof; French fee-law-zawf ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌsɒf, ˌfɪl əˈzɒf; French fi lɔˈzɔf /

noun, plural phil·o·sophes [fil-uh-sofs, fil-uh-zofs; French fee-law-zawf]. /ˈfɪl əˌsɒfs, ˌfɪl əˈzɒfs; French fi lɔˈzɔf/.

any of the popular French intellectuals or social philosophers of the 18th century, as Diderot, Rousseau, or Voltaire.
a philosophaster.

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Origin of philosophe

Borrowed into English from French around 1770–80
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