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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.
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 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
O.E. scolere "student," from M.L. scholaris, from L.L. scholaris "of a school," from L. schola (see school (1)). The M.L. word widely borrowed, e.g. O.Fr. escoler, Fr. écolier, O.H.G. scuolari, Ger. Schüler. First record of scholarship in sense of "emoluments of a scholar" is 1535.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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