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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Where fiction ends and fact begins in this legend remains a topic of intense debate among scholars. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Possible Shrine to Romulus, Rome’s Legendary Founder," 22 Feb. 2020 Expected to be fully functional by December 2021, the new school aims to induct 30 biosciences faculty and 100 doctoral scholars by 2025. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "“Unlike with IT, India riding the new biosciences wave shouldn’t be an accident”," 18 Feb. 2020 There are four principal methods by which Jewish scholars parse our sacred texts. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 It was translated with Xu's permission into English by China scholar Geremie Barme. James Griffiths, CNN, "The fallout from the death of a Chinese doctor is turning into a major challenge for Xi Jinping," 13 Feb. 2020 Known for his ability to heal physical disabilities, a scholar sent for the bishop to heal his only son, who could not speak or straighten his body. Simon Maina, National Geographic, "Valentine's Day wasn't always about love," 12 Feb. 2020 More than 150 years ago, Lord Kelvin — working with fellow Scottish scholar Peter Guthrie Tait — proposed that the chemical elements could be represented by different knots. Quanta Magazine, "Color-Changing Material Unites the Math and Physics of Knots," 10 Feb. 2020 Constitutional scholars know criminality is not the measuring stick for impeachment. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: In Dershowitz’s world, self-interest is national interest," 31 Jan. 2020 But for millennia, scholars have been relying mostly on anecdotal proof and intuition to rationalize this phenomenon. Popular Science, "We finally know why stress turns your hair white," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Scholar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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