noun Etymology: Greek polymathēs very learned, from poly- + manthanein to learn — more at mathematical Date: 1621 a person of encyclopedic learning • polymath or polymathic adjectivepolymathy noun

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  • polymath — (n.) 1620s, from Gk. polymathes having learned much, from polys much (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + root of manthanein learn (see MATHEMATIC (Cf. mathematic)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • polymath — ► NOUN ▪ a person of wide ranging knowledge or learning. DERIVATIVES polymathic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek polumath s having learned much …   English terms dictionary

  • polymath — [päl′ə math΄] n. [< Gr polymathēs, knowing much < poly , POLY + manthanein, learn: see MATHEMATICAL] a person of great and diversified learning polymathic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Polymath — A polymath (Greek polymathēs , πολυμαθής, having learned much )The term was first recorded in written English in the early seventeenth century Cite web url=http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=polymath searchmode=none title=Online Etymology …   Wikipedia

  • polymath — UK [ˈpɒlɪˌmæθ] / US [ˈpɑlɪˌmæθ] noun [countable] Word forms polymath : singular polymath plural polymaths formal someone who has a lot of knowledge about many different subjects …   English dictionary

  • polymath — polymathic, adj. /pol ee math /, n. a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor. [1615 25; < Gk polymathés learned, having learned much, equiv. to poly POLY + mathes, adj. deriv. of manthánein to learn] * * * …   Universalium

  • polymath — noun /ˈpɒl.ɪ.mæθ,ˈpɑː.li.mæθ ,ˈpɑː.lɪ.mæθ/ A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge. Syn: polyhistor, renaissance man See Also: automath, polymathy, polymathic …   Wiktionary

  • polymath — pol|y|math [ˈpɔlımæθ US ˈpa: ] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: polymathes having much knowledge , from manthanein to learn ] formal someone who has a lot of knowledge about many different subjects …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • polymath — pol|y|math [ pali,mæθ ] noun count FORMAL someone who has a lot of knowledge about many different subjects …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • polymath — see MATHEMATICS …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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