polymath

[ pol-ee-math ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌmæθ /

noun

a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.

Nearby words

  1. polyisobutylene,
  2. polyisoprene,
  3. polyleptic,
  4. polylingual,
  5. polymastia,
  6. polymathy,
  7. polymelia,
  8. polymenorrhea,
  9. polymer,
  10. polymer fume fever

Origin of polymath

1615–25; < Greek polymathḗs learned, having learned much, equivalent to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn

Related formspol·y·math·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for polymath

polymath

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌmæθ) /

noun

a person of great and varied learning
Derived Formspolymathic, adjectivepolymathy (pəˈlɪməθɪ), noun

Word Origin for polymath

C17: from Greek polumathēs having much knowledge

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Word Origin and History for polymath

polymath

n.

1620s, from Greek polymathes "having learned much, knowing much," from polys "much" (see poly-) + root of manthanein "to learn" (see mathematic).

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