schol·​ar | \ˈskä-lər \

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

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That modesty is typical of the Chinese food world, where there’s a big difference between the gourmets (culinary scholars who propose recipes) and the cooks (the guys who actually execute those recipes). Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 Garrett Epps, a constitutional scholar, wrote in The Atlantic. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "In Kavanaugh, Trump Found Another Judge Who Will Kiss the Ring," 10 July 2018 Sajuti came to the United States in 1981 as a Fulbright scholar and overstayed his visa. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Community Rallies Around West Hartford Man In Sanctuary Nearly Eight Months," 9 July 2018 In 1968 scientists and scholars met in New York to predict what the world would be like in 2018. The Economist, "Ceasefires in South Sudan seldom last," 5 July 2018 Court-packing was unpopular with the public when proposed by Roosevelt, and there’s a reason that many constitutional scholars and political scientists continue to decry it to this day. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Court-packing, Democrats’ nuclear option for the Supreme Court, explained," 2 July 2018 The justice is scheduled to teach at the school's Salzburg, Austria program this summer for the 28th year, said McGeorge professor and constitutional law scholar Brian K. Landsberg. Sam Stanton And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Justice Kennedy loves Sacramento, but friends doubt he'll retire in his hometown," 27 June 2018 The Senator’s office worked with legal scholars and groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union to draft the details. Trisha Thadani,, "California net neutrality bill ‘eviscerated’ in Assembly committee meeting," 20 June 2018 Driscoll is a renowned Twain scholar and immediate past president of the Mark Twain Circle of America. Carole Goldberg,, "Jennifer Egan, Claire Messud, Wendy Hinman To Give Book Talks," 11 June 2018

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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 \

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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