noun, plural self-stud·ies.

the study of something by oneself, as through books, records, etc., without direct supervision or attendance in a class: She learned to read German by self-study.
the study of oneself; self-examination.


designed for or accomplished by self-study: a self-study course for learning German.

Origin of self-study

First recorded in 1675–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-study

Contemporary Examples of self-study

  • Almost all French speakers have to do a serious amount of self-study to become conversant, especially when it comes to phonetics.

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    Why Can’t France Learn English?

    David Sessions

    March 9, 2013

  • The vast majority became religious after they joined al Qaeda, getting religion from comrades and self-study.

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    Judging 'JihadJane'

    Richard Miniter

    March 17, 2010

Historical Examples of self-study

  • It is poetry as well as truth, as Goethe recognized in the title of his own self-study.

  • In self-study we saw faults that had been unnoticed before his return.


    David W. Bone

  • You have in your sister an opportunity for self-study without its like or equal.

    The Golden Censer

    John McGovern

  • By the road of self-study, she reached that sublime height of metaphysics, the intellectual vision of the Absolute.

    Heroic Spain

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • Self-study, the pursuit of every fleeting impression, became in the author at last a veritable obsession.