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 Ans Irfan is a multidisciplinary global public health scholar, educator, and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in global health equity practice. Christopher Jackson, Scientific American, "We Must Enhance—but also Decolonize—America’s Global Health Diplomacy," 5 Apr. 2021 But unexpectedly, China also included a centrist German think tank, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), and a Swedish scholar on China, Björn Jerdén, on the list. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Beijing’s European sanctions are also a bid to control who tells the China story," 23 Mar. 2021 The scholar, fully corrupted by the flowers’ magic and seeing himself as a God-King, simultaneously proceeds to lay waste to all challengers in his quest for world domination. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, "SXSW 2021: ‘The Spine Of Night’ Boasts Impressive Fantasy-Horror Worldbuilding And A Novel Story," 20 Mar. 2021 Given that adherence has been uneven, though, another likely reason is that young children don’t transmit the virus efficiently, said Eric Toner, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. WSJ, "Florida Schools Reopened Without Becoming Covid-19 Superspreaders," 17 Mar. 2021 And now they have been rescued by a brilliant liberal scholar, who has taken them to a new level by transforming them, at a moment when America is more divided than ever, and rights remain as much the problem as the solution. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, "Why Do Americans Have So Few Rights?," 9 Mar. 2021 That shouldn't provide a false sense of security for people who have been working from home and following health guidelines, said Dr. Eric Toner, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's COVID cases are down, but for how long?," 27 Feb. 2021 Through this scene proceeded, at an energetic pace, Silvia Federici, the 78-year-old scholar and theorist of domestic labor, one of the most influential socialist feminist thinkers of the last century. New York Times, "The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew.," 17 Feb. 2021 The Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz, a library and research center founded in the 1930s by scholar, mystic and collector Manly P. Hall, has been the team’s primary research partner. Steffie Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "A new ‘Library of Esoterica’ brings the occult to your coffee table," 15 Dec. 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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9 Apr 2021

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“Scholar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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