pedant
Pronunciation
  • enPR: pĕdʹənt, IPA: /ˈpɛdənt/
Noun

pedant (plural pedants)

  1. (archaic) A teacher or schoolmaster.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      , vol. 1 ch. 24:
      I have in my youth oftentimes beene vexed to see a Pedant [tr. pedante] brought in, in most of Italian comedies, for a vice or sport-maker, and the nicke-name of Magister to be of no better signification amongst us.
  2. A person who emphasizes their knowledge through strict adherence to rules of vocabulary and grammar.
  3. A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
Translations Translations Adjective

pedant (not comparable)

  1. Pedantic.



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