from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A learned person; a scholar.
- n. An idiot savant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person of learning; one who is versed in literature or science.
- n. A person eminent for acquirements.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man of learning; one versed in literature or science; a person eminent for acquirements.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man of learning or science; one eminent for learning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
All the whole human drift, from the first ape-man to the last savant, is but a phantom, a flash of light and a flutter of movement across the infinite face of the starry night.
To be sure, a 13 year old, no matter how savant, is not experienced in the ways of the world, and looks like a kid most likely.
That the gourmand, amiable savant, is pictured as nibbling on a partridge wing (itself related to the arm which raises it to the diner's mouth) au suprême (mark of invested expertise), thus with the expertly prepared food neither completely inside or outside the mouth even as it is consumed, a circumstance that works to prolong the process of eating and its attendant pleasure, emphasizes this ambiguity.
The point, nonchalant savant, is not to eliminate waste but to minimize it as much as possible while keeping other value parameters in mind.
An idiot savant is a person with autism that has extraordinary skills in certain domains in spite of cognitive deficiencies in most others.
As I and Elizabeth making our departures, Lord Sandwich did bid me join him tomorrow night to hear speak a savant of the Royal Society.
To some who had written of him as an advocate of an irreligious science he answered by asserting in an open letter to a friend (published in "Le Bien Public" 17 September, 1886) that he wished to be known as a savant, and at the same time a faithful
Another quality which one would be less disposed to look for in the savant is a fine contempt for danger, which is veiled in such modesty that one reads between the lines in order to detect it.
On the other side of the savant was a lively talker,
Less than Zero to the publishing scandal that was American Psycho, this so called savant has obsessed on the hedonistic decadence of the Greed Decade to the point where he's literally blurred the lines between truth and taboo.