Philosopher definition

fĭ-lŏsə-fər
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A person who is calm and rational under any circumstances.
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A student of or specialist in philosophy.
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A person who lives and thinks according to a particular philosophy.
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The definition of a philosopher is a person who is an expert in philosophy (the study of the nature of knowledge and reality).

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are examples of philosophers.

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A person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy.

Philosophers spend a lot of time thinking, and less time living.

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A person who studies or is an expert in philosophy.
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A person who meets difficulties with calmness and composure.
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A person given to philosophizing.
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A person who lives by or expounds a system of philosophy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
philosopher
Plural:
philosophers

Origin of philosopher

  • Middle English philosophre from alteration of Old French philosophe from Latin philosophus from Greek philosophos lover of wisdom, philosopher philo- philo- sophiā knowledge, learning

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman or Middle French philosophe, from Latin philosophus, from Ancient Greek φιλόσοφος (philosophos, literally “lover of wisdom") + -er.

    From Wiktionary

  • Credited as having been coined by Pythagoras to describe himself.

    From Wiktionary