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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 say, Professor," Tom called back to the savant, "you'd better speak to him in his lingo, I can't manage it.
In temperament he was a true scientific Bohemian, with the ideals of a savant and the disposition of an artist.
When one has the honour of being a savant as you are, sir, one should not expose one's self to "
Faria had dug his way through fifty feet, Dantes would dig a hundred; Faria, at the age of fifty, had devoted three years to the task; he, who was but half as old, would sacrifice six; Faria, a priest and savant, had not shrunk from the idea of risking his life by trying to swim a distance of three miles to one of the islands -- Daume, Rattonneau, or Lemaire; should a hardy sailer, an experienced diver, like himself, shrink from a similar task; should he, who had so often for mere amusement's sake plunged to the bottom of the sea to fetch up the bright coral branch, hesitate to entertain the same project?
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.
Quand un bon vin meuble mon estomac, Je suis plus savant que Balzac - Plus sage que Pibrac ; Mon brass seul faisant l'attaque De la nation Coseaque, La mettroit au sac ; De Charon je passerois le lac, En dormant dans son bac ; J'irois au fier Eac, Sans que mon cœur fit tic ni tac, Présenter du tabac.
His conversation, I remember, was about the Bertillon system of measurements, and he expressed his enthusiastic admiration of the French savant.
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?
But have you reached the point, great savant as you are, of no longer believing in science?
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.
 illustrious savant, after having made several voyages around the
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.