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savant

[sa-vahnt, sav-uh nt; French sa-vahn] /sæˈvɑnt, ˈsæv ənt; French saˈvɑ̃/
noun, plural savants
[sa-vahnts, sav-uh nts; French sa-vahn] /sæˈvɑnts, ˈsæv ənts; French saˈvɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.
Origin of savant
1710-1720
1710-20; < French: man of learning, scholar, old present participle of savoir to know ≪ Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient
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savant

/ˈsævənt; French savɑ̃/
noun
1.
a man of great learning; sage
Derived Forms
savante, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C18: from French, from savoir to know, from Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient
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Word Origin and History for savant
n.

"one eminent for learning," 1719, from French savant "a learned man," noun use of adjective savant "learned, knowing," former present participle of savoir "to know," from Vulgar Latin *sapere, from Latin sapere "be wise" (see sapient).

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