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savant

[ sa-vahnt, sav-uhnt; French sa-vahn ]
/ sæˈvɑnt, ˈsæv ənt; French saˈvɑ̃ /
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noun, plural sa·vants [sa-vahnts, sav-uhnts; French sa-vahn]. /sæˈvɑnts, ˈsæv ənts; French saˈvɑ̃/.
a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.
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Origin of savant

1710–20; <French: man of learning, scholar, old present participle of savoir to know ≪ Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient
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British Dictionary definitions for savant

savant
/ (ˈsævənt, French savɑ̃) /

noun
a man of great learning; sage

Derived forms of savant

savante, 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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