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.
- A person with savant syndrome.
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.