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[self-tawt] /ˈsɛlfˈtɔt/
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
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Almost entirely self-taught, they became better archaeologists than some of the leading professionals of the day.
  • Print threatened to open education out to the self-taught and the socially ambitious.
  • What a debut for an artist who was largely self-taught.
  • It's too easy for a self-taught researcher to get themselves in big trouble using methods they don't fully understand.
  • He was largely self-taught, far from home, trying to learn the surveyor's trade.
  • He was a brilliant musical genius, largely self-taught.
  • As an astronomer he was a complete amateur, unpaid and self-taught.
  • From this post, it seems as if their self-taught, unschooled backgrounds are pretty parallel.
  • He describes himself as primarily self-taught, with a compulsion to create art.
  • With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process.
British Dictionary definitions for self-taught


having learnt oneself without any external or formal instruction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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