[ self-stuhd-ee ]

noun,plural self-stud·ies.
  1. 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.

  2. the study of oneself; self-examination.

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

Origin of self-study

First recorded in 1675–85

Words Nearby self-study Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-study in a sentence

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

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

    Judging 'JihadJane' | Richard Miniter | March 17, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Any group of friends can intelligently and profitably carry on a self study class even without a teacher.

    Moody's Stories | Dwight Lyman Moody
  • You have in your sister an opportunity for self-study without its like or equal.

    The Golden Censer | John McGovern
  • The students in Italy in the past have had advantages for self-study that were of greatest importance.

  • I dare say my cousin understood my character better, perhaps, after all my honest self-study, then I do even now.

    Uncle Silas | J. S. LeFanu
  • In 1885 he returned to London and continued to advance through self-study.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing | James Francis Cooke