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[suh-voi-erd, sav-oi-ahrd; French sa-vwa-yar]
noun, plural Sa·voy·ards [suh-voi-erdz, sav-oi-ahrdz; French sa-vwa-yar] /səˈvɔɪ ərdz, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrdz; French sa vwaˈyar/.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Savoy.
  2. 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.
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  1. of or relating to Savoy, its people, or their dialect.
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Origin of Savoyard

From French, dating back to 1690–1700; see origin at Savoy, -ard
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Examples from the Web for savoyard

Historical Examples of savoyard

  • A young Savoyard, eighteen years old, had had his forefinger shot off.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • God forgive me, I believe you intend to rob the poor Savoyard.

  • I am for the profession of faith of the 'Savoyard Vicar,' and the immortal principles of '89!

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Savoyard puts his head on one side, shakes it, and strokes his mice.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She soon leaves under the protection of Pierotto, the Savoyard.

British Dictionary definitions for savoyard


  1. a native of Savoy
  2. the dialect of French spoken in Savoy
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  1. of or relating to Savoy, its inhabitants, or their dialect
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  1. a person keenly interested in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
  2. a person who takes part in these operettas
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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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