- The definition of a savant is a scholar or learned person.
Someone who is considered a scientific genius is an example of a savant.
- a learned person; eminent scholar
- idiot savant
Origin: Fr, origin, originally present participle of savoir from Classical Latin sapere: see sap
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- A learned person; a scholar.
- An idiot savant.
Origin: 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.