[self-ej-oo-key-tid, self-]


educated by one's own efforts, especially without formal instruction.

Origin of self-educated

First recorded in 1810–20
Related formsself-ed·u·cat·ing, adjectiveself-ed·u·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of self-educated

  • William Butler Yeats once called Carlyle “the chief inspirer of self-educated men.”

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Historical Examples of self-educated

British Dictionary definitions for self-educated



educated through one's own efforts without formal instruction
educated at one's own expense, without financial aid
Derived Formsself-education, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-educated

1761, from self- + educated.

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