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

scholarless, adjective
nonscholar, noun
nonscholarly, adjective

1. savant. 2. See pupil1. Unabridged
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scholar (ˈskɒlə)
1.  a learned person, esp in the humanities
2.  a person, esp a child, who studies; pupil
3.  a student of merit at an educational establishment who receives financial aid, esp from an endowment given for such a purpose
4.  (South African) a school pupil
[C14: from Old French escoler, via Late Latin from Latin scholaschool1]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
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.
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