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[skol-er] /ˈskɒl ər/
a learned or erudite person, especially one who has profound knowledge of a particular subject.
a student; pupil.
a student who has been awarded a scholarship.
Origin of scholar
before 1000; < Late Latin scholāris, equivalent to Latin schol(a) school1 + -āris -ar1; replacing Middle English scoler(e), Old English scolere < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
scholarless, adjective
nonscholar, noun
nonscholarly, adjective
1. savant. 2. See pupil1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scholar
  • In which a marine scholar uses science and charm to sound the alarm about the state of the coasts.
  • Then, the scholar who was showing off his work asked where the duo was from.
  • Sharp is not the first scholar to offer this insight.
  • Its lineage dates back as far as the individual scholar chooses to track it.
  • He is not the only scholar to stress the limits of tolerance alone as an ideal.
  • Another scholar, however, disputed the significance of the discovery.
  • Low down on the great scholar's mantle is a small white patch where the paint has chipped away.
  • Or, in a familiar campus dynamic, a scholar in one area may consult a scholar in another for collaboration.
  • In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, emblem-books were a recognised recreation to the scholar.
  • The first thing a scholar does is to establish resolution.
British Dictionary definitions for scholar


a learned person, esp in the humanities
a person, esp a child, who studies; pupil
a student of merit at an educational establishment who receives financial aid, esp from an endowment given for such a purpose
(South African) a school pupil
Derived Forms
scholarly, adjective
scholarliness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French escoler, via Late Latin from Latin scholaschool1
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Word Origin and History for scholar

Old English scolere "student," from Medieval Latin scholaris, noun use of Late Latin scholaris "of a school," from Latin schola (see school (n.1)). Greek scholastes meant "one who lives at ease." The Medieval Latin word was widely borrowed, e.g. Old French escoler, French écolier, Old High German scuolari, German Schüler. The modern English word might be a Middle English reborrowing from French. Fowler points out that in British English it typically has been restricted to those who attend a school on a scholarship.

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