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
- a person with a severe developmental disorder or other major mental disability who possesses some remarkable aptitude, as for memorization, rapid mental calculation, art, or music
Origin of savantFr, origin, originally present participle of savoir ; from Classical Latin sapere: see sap
- A learned person; a scholar.
- An idiot savant.
Origin of savantFrench, 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.