follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 03, 1999

Definitions for erudite

  1. Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; learned.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for erudite
In front of imposing edifices like the Topkapi Palace or Hagia Sophia are guides displaying Government-issued licenses. Many of these guides are erudite historians who have quit low-paying jobs as university professors and now offer private tours. , New York Times
The works of Baudrillard, Deleuze, Guattari and Virilio are filled with seemingly erudite references to relativity, quantum mechanics, chaos theory, etc. Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Fashionable Nonsense
Origin of erudite
late Middle English
1375-1425
Erudite comes from Latin eruditus, from e-, "out of, from" + rudis, "rough, untaught," which is also the source of English rude. Hence one who is erudite has been brought out of a rough, untaught, rude state.