- taught to oneself or by oneself to be (as indicated) without the aid of a formal education: self-taught typing; a self-taught typist.
- learned by oneself: a self-taught mastery of the guitar.
Origin of self-taught
First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for self-taught
Tuchman was often criticized by academicians for being a self-taught historian with only a BA.No One Wins Washington’s Zero-Sum Games
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The 25-year-old self-taught sewer caters her designs to what her customers want.Here’s What a George Costanza Dress Looks Like
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Often their religion is self-taught, cherry-picking slogans from the religious texts or, these days, from videos on the Web.The Terrorist Tipping Point: What Pushed the Tsarnaev Brothers to Violence?
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She has a blog, Fox on Stocks, where the self-taught savant holds forth on the ins and outs of the market.When Celebrities Like Mila Kunis Talk Stocks, It’s Time to Get Out of the Market
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Chen is a self-taught legal advocate but was never allowed to take formal law courses.Chen Guangcheng Fears Authorities Will Persecute Relatives He Leaves Behind
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Both were self-taught, but one was intensely active, the other cogitative.
James Baker Pyne, born at Bristol, was a self-taught artist.Masters of Water-Colour Painting
H. M. Cundall
James Ballantine must, however, be considered as a self-taught man.
This letter was addressed to one John Smybert, also a self-taught artist.Art in England
He was fond of boasting that he had made his own philosophy--he was a "self-taught" man!Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
- having learnt oneself without any external or formal instruction
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