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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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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The postcolonial scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak aptly describes the imperial impulse as the drive of white men saving brown women from brown men. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 The federal job guarantee has substantial support among wonks (here’s an argument in favor from scholars at the Levy Economics Institute), but also a good bit of opposition. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s a new degree of engagement by forensic practitioners, even parts of the law enforcement community, by scholars, and by some judges to take these questions seriously. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The dean of UCLA Law explains the uncertain future of forensic science," 20 Dec. 2018 Virtually nobody foresaw this outcome: not health law scholars immersed in the Affordable Care Act, not constitutional professors steeped in Commerce Clause precedents, and not Court watchers who had parsed the oral arguments. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Is the new Obamacare lawsuit headed to the Supreme Court?," 17 Dec. 2018 As Susan Carroll, senior scholar at CAWP, pointed out in a phone interview, that's a big jump from 2016, when not even half did the same. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 Beyond are more rooms: offices for two visiting scholars, a salon wrapped in more display shelves, a seminar room, the conservation lab. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 The Himalayas Sanjay SaxenaNomadic ExpeditionsHe’ll handle all that byzantine paperwork to secure trekking permits, arrange flight-seeing over the Himalayas, and set up one-on-ones with scholars, philanthropists, climbers, and craftspeople. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Richard Hasen, a UC Irvine law professor and election law scholar, also contended in a recent opinion column that Prop. Bob Egelko,, "California’s three-way split: Lawsuit may take matter out of voters’ hands," 12 July 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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