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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Brod has often been looked down upon by scholars as, at best, a Salieri to Kafka’s Mozart. Ruth Franklin, WSJ, "‘Kafka’s Last Trial’ Review: A Genius Nowhere at Home," 27 Sep. 2018 According to the Kardashian scholars at TMZ, Khloé Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl early Thursday morning, at the Hillcrest Hospital outside of Cleveland. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Khloé Kardashian Has Given Birth to a Baby Girl," 12 Apr. 2018 As Talmudic scholar Rabbi Pinchas Allouche explained to Planet Money, the Talmud explicitly specifies that signatures are required to legitimize a contract. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Why are we still signing credit card receipts?," 5 Dec. 2018 On FOX News: FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Legal scholar Jonathan Turley on President Trump ordering the declassification of some FBI documents on the Russia investigation. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Supreme showdown set for Kavanaugh, accuser; DOJ asked to probe John Kerry's 'shadow diplomacy'," 18 Sep. 2018 This is difficult to determine, Kanter says. Definitively attributing a painting to Verrocchio has been even more difficult for scholars than attributing to Da Vinci. Susan Dunne,, "Yale Art Gallery Unravels Leonardo Da Vinci Mysteries," 3 July 2018 Because our foundational documents were written by Enlightenment scholars. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden on Recode Decode," 19 June 2018 For scholars, the scale of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users provides an irresistible way to investigate how human nature may play out on, and be shaped by, the social network. Fortune, "If You’re a Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject," 14 June 2018 The home was designed for Classics scholars Cedric G. and Patricia Neils Boulter in 1954. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "You Can Live In A Frank Lloyd Wright Home For $695K," 16 Jan. 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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