Meaning of savant


You know that girl in your school with a GPA over 100? She is a savant in the making. A savant is someone over-the-top smart, a scholar. It might take a savant only five minutes to do an entire math test.

Savant is the French word for “learned” and it goes back to the Latin word “to be wise”, sapere. In English, a savant can be someone is who is wise and learned in general, or someone who is extremely skilled in a particular area, like your little brother who can rattle off the first three hundred digits of pi.

Definitions of savant
  1. noun

    someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field


    initiate, learned person, pundit

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    a person of great and varied learning
    type of:

    bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student

    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

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