[sa-vahnt, sav-uhnt; French sa-vahn]
noun, plural savants [sa-vahnts, sav-uhnts; French sa-vahn] .
a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.

1710–20; < French: man of learning, scholar, old present participle of savoir to know ≪ Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient Unabridged
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savant (ˈsævənt, French savɑ̃)
a man of great learning; sage
[C18: from French, from savoir to know, from Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient]
fem n

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Word Origin & History

1719, from Fr. savant "a learned man," noun use of adj. savant "learned, knowing," former prp. of savoir "to know," from O.Fr., from V.L. *sapere, from L. sapere "be wise" (see sapient).
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Example sentences
But his success meant that life imitated art, and he emerged as a business savant.
The cooking speaks of a light hand and a savant use of herbs and spices.
With gloves, not so bad, as long as one of the bums isn't some sort of boxing savant.
But above all, he is a savant who can't hide his suspicion that he's smarter than his interlocutors.
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