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

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


/ (ˈsævənt, French savɑ̃) /

  1. a man of great learning; sage

Origin of savant

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

Derived forms of savant

  • savante, fem n

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