What does the word savant mean?

Usage examples for savant

  1. The title of savant is not more brilliant than formerly; but it is more imposing; it leads to consequence, to superior employments, and, above all, to riches. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  2. This is why you call me " the savant." – French and Oriental Love in a Harem by Mario Uchard