savant

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

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.

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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savant

/ (ˈsævənt, French savɑ̃) /

noun

a man of great learning; sage

Derived Forms

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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