[ suh-voi-erd, sav-oi-ahrd; French sa-vwa-yar ]
/ səˈvɔɪ ərd, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrd; French sa vwaˈyar /

noun, plural Sa·voy·ards [suh-voi-erdz, sav-oi-ahrdz; French sa-vwa-yar] /səˈvɔɪ ərdz, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrdz; French sa vwaˈyar/.

a native or inhabitant of Savoy.
a person enthusiastic about or connected with Gilbert and Sullivan operas: so called from the Savoy Theater in London, where the operas were first presented.


of or relating to Savoy, its people, or their dialect.

Origin of Savoyard

From French, dating back to 1690–1700; see origin at Savoy, -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for savoyard (1 of 2)

/ (səˈvɔɪɑːd, French savwajar) /


a native of Savoy
the dialect of French spoken in Savoy


of or relating to Savoy, its inhabitants, or their dialect

British Dictionary definitions for savoyard (2 of 2)

/ (səˈvɔɪɑːd) /


a person keenly interested in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
a person who takes part in these operettas

Word Origin for Savoyard

C20: from the Savoy Theatre, built in London in 1881 by Richard D'Oyly Carte for the presentation of operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan
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