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autodidact

Definition:

a person who has taught himself

Class:

person noun (people)

Derivative:

autodidactic

Plural:

autodidacts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Autodidacticism | autodidactism | autodidact

self-directed learning that is related to but different from informal learning. In a sense, autodidacticism is "learning on your own" or "by yourself", and an autodidact is a self-teacher. Autodidacticism is a contemplative, absorptive procession. Some... (36 of 3169 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Autodidacticism

Collins Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidactic [adjective, derived]

a person who is self-taught (5 of 331 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/autodidact

Oxford Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidactic [derived]

a self-taught person (3 of 37 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/autodidact

Merriam-Webster:

autodidact | autodidactic [adjective, related]

a self-taught person (3 of 31 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/autodidact

Random House Dictionary:

autodidact

a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person. (19 of 25 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/autodidact

New World Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidactic [adjective, related]

a person who is self-educated (5 of 23 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autodidact

American Heritage Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidactic [adjective, related]

A self-taught person. (3 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autodidact

Wiktionary:

autodidact | autodidacts [plural] | automath [synonym]

A self-taught person; an automath. (5 of 6 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/autodidact

Britannica Encyclopedia:

soul [religion and philosophy]

in religion and philosophy, the immaterial aspect or essence of a human being, that which confers individuality and humanity, often considered to be ... (23 of 854 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/555149​/soul

Macmillan British Dictionary:

someone

used for referring to a person when you do not know or do not say who the person is (19 of 98 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/someone

Cambridge Dictionary:

someone | somebody

used to refer to a single person when you do not know who they are or when it's not important who they are (23 of 70 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/someone

someone [abbreviation]

somebody or someone (3 of 7 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sb

Columbia Encyclopedia:

soul

the vital, immaterial, life principle, generally conceived as existing within humans and sometimes within all living things, inanimate objects, and ... (20 of 51 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0846001​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidacts [plural]

somebody whose knowledge is self-taught (5 of 35 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587832​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

autodidact

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/autodidact

Merriam-Webster:

autodidact

First use: 1748

Origin: Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from aut- + didaktos taught, from didaskein to teach

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/autodidact

Wiktionary:

autodidact | autodidacts [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek αὐτοδίδακτος (autodidaktos), from αὐτός (autos, "self") + διδάσκω (didaskō, "I teach").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/autodidact

Oxford Dictionary:

autodidact

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: Greek autodidaktos "self-taught", from autos "self" + didaskein "teach"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/autodidact

New World Dictionary:

autodidact

Origin: Medieval Latin autodidactus from Greek autodidaktos, self-taught: see "auto-" and "didactic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autodidact

American Heritage Dictionary:

autodidact

Origin: From Greek autodidaktos, self-taught: auto-, auto- + didaktos, taught; see "didactic".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autodidact

Encarta Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidacts [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Greek autodidaktos from didaskein "teach"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861587832​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

autodidact

Audio: British English pronunciation of "autodidact"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/autodidact

the Free Dictionary:

autodidact

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "autodidact"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "autodidact" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/autodidact

Google Dictionary:

autodidact | autodidacts [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "autodidact"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=autodidact

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

autodidact

Audio: North American pronunciation of "autodidact"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=autodi​02 word=autodidact

autodidact

Audio: North American pronunciation of "autodidact"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=autodi​01 word=autodidact

YourDictionary Audio:

autodidact

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "autodidact" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/autodidact

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