schol·​ar | \ ˈskä-lər How to pronounce scholar (audio) \

Definition of scholar

1 : a person who attends a school or studies under a teacher : pupil
2a : a person who has done advanced study in a special field
b : a learned person
3 : a holder of a scholarship

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Synonyms for scholar


pundit, sage, savant

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Examples of scholar in a Sentence

She's a renowned scholar of African-American history. scholars have long debated whether there is ever such a thing as a truly selfless act

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According to Pompeii scholar Eric Poehler, who is also behind the latest research, the roads were extremely narrow and designed to also handle sewage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Just Like Us, Pompeii Also Struggled With Potholes," 15 May 2019 Most scholars agree that the modern novel starts with a tale of adulterous temptation: Madame de La Fayette’s The Princess of Clèves (1678). Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How Infidelity Helped Create the Novel," 2 May 2019 One of his allies, religious scholar Hassan Turabi, invited Osama bin Laden to Sudan in 1991, prompting the U.S. to place Sudan on its list of states sponsoring terrorism. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests," 12 Apr. 2019 Most scholars of labor relations put the point of no return at around 10% overall, with 5% for private employees... WSJ, "Labor’s Numbers Fall but Influence Remains," 5 May 2019 That’s the foundation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Sunday afternoon conversation between Halberstam, gender scholar and author, and Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of Grindr’s new online publication Into. Kt Hawbaker,, "At MCA, Jack Halberstam and Grindr's Zach Stafford to discuss the internet's transformative, queer power," 12 July 2018 Tufts set up a travel hotline for international students and scholars. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 Walker played a crucial role in a collective effort on the part of black women writers and scholars to resurrect and commemorate Hurston, setting off a domino effect now two generations strong. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 Clark describes were the Visigoths, who hailed from Northern Germany, identified as Christian, and are thought by some scholars to have been known for their blonde hair. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of scholar

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners 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


schol·​ar | \ ˈskä-lər How to pronounce scholar (audio) \

Kids Definition of scholar

1 : a student in a school : pupil
2 : a person who knows a great deal about one or more subjects : a learned person

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