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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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 Others will become a trove for quotable gems on O’Connor’s aesthetics for the next generation of scholars. Stephen Mirarchi, National Review, "A Trove of Letters from Flannery O’Connor and Friends," 28 Dec. 2019 Three scholars House Democrats invited to testify said Trump's conduct meets the standard for impeachment, while a law professor invited by the Republicans cautioned that Democrats shouldn't rush to impeach Trump. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Sen. McConnell, Rep. Yarmuth weigh in on Nancy Pelosi's call for impeachment charges," 5 Dec. 2019 And some scholars say concerns over academic espionage have fueled anti-China sentiment on U.S. campuses. Collin Binkley, Fortune, "Foreign Students at U.S. Universities Dips for Third Year," 18 Nov. 2019 Her father, Alfred Parchia, is Price’s nephew and the dean of scholars at Early View. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suffragan bishop follows in father's footsteps, breaks barriers as she leads Mt. Zion," 20 Dec. 2019 Daughter x Magic & Melanin hosted their first group of scholars, six of which were fully sponsored by Daughter, this past August, and recently secured a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines. Shanika Hillocks, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Women of Color Are Reimagining Their Travel Narrative," 18 Dec. 2019 Many of the scholars, educators and writers at the various conferences were hardly surprised by the data. Susan Muaddi Darraj, Twin Cities, "Susan Muaddi Darraj: Black and brown children aren’t represented in children’s books," 15 Dec. 2019 Caldwell: Goes on to say by quoting one of the constitutional scholars who testified last week who said that if this is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. NBC News, "Transcript: Grilling the Lawyers," 11 Dec. 2019 But George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley, the witness called by Republicans, disputed the interpretations of the other scholars, telling the committee that impeaching Trump would be a historic mistake. Anchorage Daily News, "White House gears up for aggressive effort to defend Trump in the Senate as House moves toward impeachment vote," 5 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2020

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“Scholar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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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