Definitions for philosopherfɪˈlɒs ə fər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. philosopher(noun)

    a specialist in philosophy

  2. philosopher(noun)

    a wise person who is calm and rational; someone who lives a life of reason with equanimity


  1. philosopher(Noun)

    A person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy.

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

  2. Origin: From or philosophe, from philosophus, from φίλος + σοφός, from σοφία + -er.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philosopher(noun)

    one who philosophizes; one versed in, or devoted to, philosophy

  2. Philosopher(noun)

    one who reduces the principles of philosophy to practice in the conduct of life; one who lives according to the rules of practical wisdom; one who meets or regards all vicissitudes with calmness

  3. Philosopher(noun)

    an alchemist

  4. Origin: [OE. philosophre, F. philosophe, L. philosophus, Gr. filo`sofos; fi`los loving + sofo`s wise. Cf. Philosophy.]


  1. Philosopher

    A philosopher is a person with an extensive knowledge of philosophy who uses this knowledge in their work, typically to solve philosophical problems. Philosophy is concerned with studying the subject matter of fields such as aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, as well as social philosophy and political philosophy. There is a sense in which every human being is a philosopher, if they accept a very humanistic and generous interpretation. This is to say that every human being has a unique contribution of ideas to the society. However, a more generally accepted interpretation in academia is that a philosopher is one who has attained a Ph.D. in philosophy, teaches philosophy, has published literature in a field of philosophy in a peer-reviewed journal, or is widely accepted by other philosophers as a philosopher.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. philosopher

    One who thinks in order to believe; one who formulates his prejudices and systematizes his ignorance.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    One who instead of crying over spilt milk consoles himself with the thought that it was over four-fifths water.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'philosopher' in Nouns Frequency: #2617

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Latin Proverb:

    Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.

  2. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    Philosopher A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Be an educator, bloom like a flower, be a philosopher.

  4. Cicero:

    There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

  5. J. Frank Dobie:

    We sat down in front of the earth's great philosopher-the Fire.

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