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scholar

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noun schol·ar \ˈskä-lər\

Simple Definition of scholar

  • : a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it : an intelligent and well-educated person who knows a particular subject very well

  • : someone who has been given a scholarship

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scholar

  1. 1 :  a person who attends a school or studies under a teacher :  pupil

  2. 2a :  a person who has done advanced study in a special fieldb :  a learned person

  3. 3 :  a holder of a scholarship

Examples of scholar in a sentence

  1. She's a renowned scholar of African-American history.

  2. <scholars have long debated whether there is ever such a thing as a truly selfless act>



Origin of scholar

Middle English scoler, from Old English scolere & Anglo-French escoler, from Medieval Latin scholaris, from Late Latin, of a school, from Latin schola school


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with scholar


SCHOLAR Defined for Kids

scholar

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noun schol·ar \ˈskä-lər\

Definition of scholar for Students

  1. 1 :  a student in a school :  pupil

  2. 2 :  a person who knows a great deal about one or more subjects :  a learned person





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