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A person of great or varied learning.

[Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots.]

pol′y·math′, pol′y·math′ic adj.
po·lym′a·thy (pə-lĭm′ə-thē) n.


a person of great and varied learning
[C17: from Greek polumathēs having much knowledge]
ˌpolyˈmathic adj
polymathy n


(ˈpɒl iˌmæθ)

a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.
[1615–25; < Greek polymathḗs learned =poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn]
pol`y•math′ic, adj.
po•lym•a•thy (pəˈlɪm ə θi) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polymath - a person of great and varied learning
learned person, pundit, savant, initiate - someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field


[ˈpɒlɪmæθ] Npolímata mf, erudito/a m/f


nMensch mmit vielseitigem Wissen
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