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Definition of idiot savant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

idiot savant

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌiːdjəʊ sæˈvɒ̃//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌiːdjoʊ sæˈvɑ̃ː//
 
(pl. idiot savants, idiots savants
BrE BrE//ˌiːdjəʊ sæˈvɒ̃//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌiːdjoʊ sæˈvɑ̃ː//
 
)
(from French)
 
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a person who has severe learning difficulties, but who has an unusually high level of ability in a particular skill, for example in art or music, or in remembering things Word OriginFrench, literally ‘knowledgeable idiot’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: idiot savant