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Savoyard

[suh-voi-erd, sav-oi-ahrd; French sa-vwa-yar] /səˈvɔɪ ərd, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrd; French sa vwaˈyar/
noun, plural Savoyards
[suh-voi-erdz, sav-oi-ahrdz; French sa-vwa-yar] /səˈvɔɪ ərdz, ˌsæv ɔɪˈɑrdz; French sa vwaˈyar/ (Show IPA)
1.
a native or inhabitant of Savoy.
2.
a person enthusiastic about or connected with Gilbert and Sullivan operas: so called from the Savoy Theater in London, where the operas were first presented.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Savoy, its people, or their dialect.
Origin of Savoyard
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French; see Savoy, -ard
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Examples from the Web for Savoyard
Historical Examples
  • And then, there is the affair with the little Savoyard, who will return, I hope.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Savoyard puts his head on one side, shakes it, and strokes his mice.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Great as he is, those peaks would have been touched very differently by a Savoyard as great as he.

  • They say the Savoyard is not a bad comrade, and at any rate he can charge like a soldier.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • He was a Savoyard, expelled from his country because of his religious principles.

  • Can it be doubted that this Savoyard priest had a premonition of the Conservation of Force?

  • And now mile, at eighteen, may learn the sublime mysteries of that faith which is professed by Rousseau's Savoyard vicar.

  • Why, baron, who would have thought to meet you thus in a Savoyard inn?

  • Each of these figures is animated by a lout of a Savoyard who has not even intelligence enough to play the beast.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • The Savoyard river was reached and the outlying tan-yard crossed.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
British Dictionary definitions for Savoyard

Savoyard1

/səˈvɔɪɑːd; French savwajar/
noun
1.
a native of Savoy
2.
the dialect of French spoken in Savoy
adjective
3.
of or relating to Savoy, its inhabitants, or their dialect

Savoyard2

/səˈvɔɪɑːd/
noun
1.
a person keenly interested in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
2.
a person who takes part in these operettas
Word Origin
C20: from the Savoy Theatre, built in London in 1881 by Richard D'Oyly Carte for the presentation of operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan
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