Definition of self-educated in US English:



  • Educated largely through one's own efforts, rather than by formal instruction.

    ‘he was a self-made and almost self-educated businessman’
    • ‘A self-educated lawyer from a family of farmers, Roh has always been more of a populist than a politician.’
    • ‘Raised in genteel poverty in rural Wales and then in Hertford, England, Wallace was largely self-educated.’
    • ‘I've become self-educated since I wrote that song.’
    • ‘He was a self-educated man with a wonderful turn of phrase.’
    • ‘Ohio-born and largely self-educated, Rosecrans graduated from West Point in 1842.’
    • ‘This is the biography of a great Canadian scientist, whose discoveries were all the more extraordinary because he was largely self-educated in science.’
    • ‘She was highly self-educated with an interest in an amazing variety of subjects ranging from politics to music.’
    • ‘He was self-educated and co-founded the Yeats summer school, though he had no interest that I know of in Yeats.’
    • ‘I do regard myself as much more self-educated than educated by anyone else.’
    • ‘In spite of his father's moderate wealth, Chardin was largely self-educated.’
    • ‘Peter Barlow was self-educated but this education was sufficiently good that he was able to compete successfully to became an assistant mathematics master at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich.’
    • ‘For more than 20 years the self-educated activist has been an equal-opportunity protester.’
    • ‘The eldest son of a Dublin barrister who moved to London in 1867, Northcliffe was largely self-educated.’
    • ‘He dropped out of school at the age of 15, and was largely self-educated.’
    • ‘His parents, largely self-educated, never went beyond primary school.’
    • ‘Largely self-educated, Jack London had a love of books and a desire to write, but hadn't had a lot of success as a wordsmith yet.’
    • ‘Both from hick towns and largely self-educated, they shared a dark humour and a strong sense of the bizarre.’
    • ‘I am not a foreign policy expert, but I am a self-educated outraged American citizen.’
    • ‘He is totally self-educated and is now regarded by the historians as one of them.’
    • ‘Impressed, Davy offered the lad the position of laboratory assistant, a remarkable achievement for a self-educated boy.’



/ˈˌsɛlf ˈɛdʒəˌkeɪdɪd//ˈˌself ˈejəˌkādid/