Definition of self-taught in US English:



  • Having acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative rather than through formal instruction or training.

    ‘a self-taught graphic artist’
    • ‘They had become self-taught sailors on the lake, teaching themselves the necessary skills and knots.’
    • ‘He is a self-taught musician, which makes his life path and progressions that much more implausible.’
    • ‘Many of the artists who use the library are self-taught and make use of the books to develop their skills.’
    • ‘Yes, I am completely self-taught, though not particularly well!’
    • ‘As a drummer he was self-taught and never took lessons.’
    • ‘Their predecessors were also inspired by the work of self-taught artists but did not often acknowledge their influence.’
    • ‘His knowledge is mostly self-taught and is the result of his passion for wine as a hobby.’
    • ‘It was years before the self-taught artist found his own style - and recognition.’
    • ‘Because he was always painting at the outer limits of his ability, as self-taught artists must do, he never progressed in the traditional way.’
    • ‘The only credentials they had to open a business were their self-taught skills.’
    • ‘Kent is a self-taught artist who for 10 years has been developing his own unique style of work by sculpting green wood with a chainsaw.’
    • ‘There is the very real input from self-taught artists in the developing world.’
    • ‘A self-taught artist, Paul is introducing more abstract landscapes into this exhibition.’
    • ‘A self-taught artist, it was in 1997 that he first started wielding the brush.’
    • ‘He is a self-taught artist who began to develop his artistic skills at a very early age.’
    • ‘Because he could not afford full-time training, he was mainly self-taught as an artist.’
    • ‘He was one of the greatest self-taught artists Trinidad has produced.’
    • ‘He is a self-taught architect with no degree or professional training in architecture.’
    • ‘He was a self-taught, spare-time artist who supported himself by working for thirty-nine years in a bank.’
    • ‘In a country largely without formal higher education, they were self-taught thinkers.’



/ˈˌself ˈtôt//ˈˌsɛlf ˈtɔt/