[sa-vahnt, sav-uh nt; French sa-vahn]

noun, plural sa·vants [sa-vahnts, sav-uh nts; French sa-vahn] /sæˈvɑnts, ˈsæv ənts; French saˈvɑ̃/.

a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.

Nearby words

  1. savanna,
  2. savanna monkey,
  3. savannah,
  4. savannah sparrow,
  5. savannakhet,
  6. savarin,
  7. savate,
  8. save,
  9. save as you earn,
  10. save face

Origin of savant

1710–20; < French: man of learning, scholar, old present participle of savoir to know ≪ Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for savant



a man of great learning; sage
Derived Formssavante, fem n

Word Origin for savant

C18: from French, from savoir to know, from Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient

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Word Origin and History for savant



"one eminent for learning," 1719, from French savant "a learned man," noun use of adjective savant "learned, knowing," former present participle of savoir "to know," from Vulgar Latin *sapere, from Latin sapere "be wise" (see sapient).

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