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sa·vant

 (să-vänt′)
n.
1. A learned person; a scholar.
2. A person with savant syndrome.

[French, learned, savant, from Old French, present participle of savoir, to know, from Vulgar Latin sapēre, from Latin sapere, to be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

savant

(ˈsævənt; French savɑ̃)
n
a man of great learning; sage
[C18: from French, from savoir to know, from Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient]
ˈsavante fem n

sa•vant

(sæˈvɑnt, ˈsæv ənt; Fr. saˈvɑ̃)

n., pl. sa•vants (sæˈvɑnts, ˈsæv ənts; Fr. saˈvɑ̃)
a person of profound or extensive learning; scholar.
[1710–20; < French: man of learning, scholar, old present participle of savoir to know « Latin sapere to be wise; see sapient]

savant

a scholar or person of great learning.
See also: Knowledge, Learning
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.savant - someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
polymath - a person of great and varied learning
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

savant

noun sage, authority, intellectual, master, philosopher, mastermind, mahatma, U.S. The opinion of the savants on this issue is not united.

savant

noun
A usually elderly person noted for wisdom, knowledge, and judgment:
Translations

savant

[ˈsævənt] N (frm) → sabio/a m/f, erudito/a m/f
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I know that, because I was there on duty, having to interview one of the savants of the Academy of Philadelphia, who was being feted there.
Arthur William Rance, one of the American savants, seated himself in the great gallery, and Monsieur Robert Darzac led Mademoiselle Stangerson into the conservatory.
As regards the corresponding members, notices were delivered by hundreds throughout the streets of the city, and, large as was the great hall, it was quite inadequate to accommodate the crowd of savants .
You have already remarked that I am an ignoramus in mathematical subjects; and it is impossible for me to find out how the savants of the observatory were able to calculate what initiatory speed the projectile ought to have on leaving the Columbiad in order to attain the moon."
I say, Professor," Tom called back to the savant, "you'd better speak to him in his lingo, I can't manage it.
"When one has the honour of being a savant as you are, sir, one should not expose one's self to "
On the way he thought no more of money, but mused on the introduction that awaited him to the Petersburg savant, a writer on sociology, and what he would say to him about his book.
Blanche, she too stared wildly at the Grandmother, with eyebrows raised and her lips parted-- while the Prince and the German savant contemplated the tableau in profound amazement.
Only the German savant and Madame de Cominges did not leave the General's apartments.
The latter savant had, one day, gone so far as to propose to him the following problem: Given the number of miles travelled by the doctor in making the circuit of the Globe, how many more had his head described than his feet, by reason of the different lengths of the radii?--or, the number of miles traversed by the doctor's head and feet respectively being given, required the exact height of that gentleman?
Mynheer van Baerle and his tulips, therefore, were in the mouth of everybody; so much so, that Boxtel's name disappeared for ever from the list of the notable tulip-growers in Holland, and those of Dort were now represented by Cornelius van Baerle, the modest and inoffensive savant.