savant
noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from present participle of savoir to know, from Latin sapere to be wise — more at sage Date: 1719 1. a person of learning; especially one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature) 2. idiot savant 1

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  • savant — savant, ante [ savɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • 1510; « sachant » XIIe; a. p. prés. de 1. savoir I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui sait beaucoup, en matière d érudition ou de science (I, 1o). ⇒ cultivé, docte, éclairé, érudit, instruit , lettré. De savants bénédictins.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • savant — savant, ante (sa van, van t ) adj. 1°   Qui sait beaucoup, qui est versé dans les matières soit d érudition, soit de science. Il est savant en histoire, en mathématique, en chimie. Les sociétés savantes. Les corps savants. •   N étant point de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • savant — SAVÁNT, Ă, savanţi, te, adj., s.m. şi f. 1. adj., s.m. şi f. (Persoană) cu cunoştinţe vaste şi temeinice, care creează în domeniul ştiinţei; erudit. 2. adj. Care conţine multă ştiinţă, care denotă ştiinţă sau, p. ext., artă, pricepere, măiestrie …   Dicționar Român

  • Savant — (from the French savant knowing , English since the 18th century) may refer to:* An expert or wise person * Savant syndrome * Marilyn vos Savant In popular culture:John Weiss *Characters in the Noble Warriors Trilogy *Savant (DC) *Savant… …   Wikipedia

  • Savant — bezeichnet: eine Person mit einer Inselbegabung Personen: Doug Savant, eine US amerikanischer Schauspieler Marilyn vos Savant, eine US amerikanische Kolumnistin Savant des Rimes (* 1984; bürgerlich Umut Altunay), einen französischer Rapper Siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Savant — Nom rare dont on trouve quelques mentions en France, mais qui semble surtout porté en Italie, aux environs de Turin. En composition : Savant Aira, Savant Aleina, Savant Rosso. Si on se fie à la graphie, ce serait un surnom désignant celui qui a… …   Noms de famille

  • savant — 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 (Cf. sapient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • savant — [sə vänt′, səvant′; sav′ənt; ] Fr [, sȧ vän′] n. pl. savants [səvänts′, sav′ənts; ] Fr [, sȧvän′] [Fr, orig. prp. of savoir < L sapere: see SAP1] 1. a learned person; eminent scholar 2. IDIOT SAVANT …   English World dictionary

  • Savant — Sa vant , n.; pl. {Savants} (F. ?; E. ?). [F., fr. savoir to know, L. sapere. See {Sage}, a.] A man of learning; one versed in literature or science; a person eminent for acquirements. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • savant — index expert, mastermind, specialist Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • savant — [n] scholar academic, bookworm, brain*, egghead*, expert, intellect, intellectual, learned person, learner, master, philosopher, pundit, sage, wise person; concept 350 …   New thesaurus

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