savant

[ sa-vahnt, sav-uhnt; French sa-vahn ]
/ sæˈvɑnt, ˈsæv ənt; French saˈvɑ̃ /

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.

QUIZZES

BECOME A PRO CHEF WITH THIS EXQUISITE CUISINE QUIZ!

Even if you can't be a professional chef, you can at least talk like one with this vocabulary quiz.
Question 1 of 9
You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?

Origin of savant

1710–20; <French: man of learning, scholar, old present participle of savoir to know ≪ Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for savant

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012