Definition: someone who is very skilled at something
Why I Looked It Up
So, this is a weird one, because I absolutely knew the usage and definition of “adept” as a verb. But in I Got Schooled I found this:
[…] there is a belief among certain academics that a subject is less efficiently learned from an adept than from someone who is studying it or has just finished studying it.
This is “adept” as a noun.
This brought me back to my teenage years playing Dungeons and Dragons. There was a character class called a “Cleric,” and the first two levels were:
An “acolyte” is a religious assistant.
Given the alliteration, I guess I always thought “Adept” had some religious connotation. I always remember those two character levels and thought they were somehow related: than an “adept” was a…pastor, or something?
Nope. No religious connection at all.
(This reminds me of how I thought braintust was pejorative because of a comment my dad used to make.)