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 & Antonyms for scholar


ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], expert, fiend, geek, guru, hand, hotshot, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizard


amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

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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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Lawmakers and some legal scholars have expressed concerns about the bill’s constitutionality. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocks Vote on Bill That Would Protect Mueller," 14 Nov. 2018 The Verge contacted multiple attorneys and legal scholars about the customs summons, particularly its use to investigate internet crimes. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 Including a historian and legal scholar within the design team offers important context, and helps navigate—and, ideally, one day reform—building codes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How bathroom design can be a bridge to more accessible architecture," 31 July 2018 For right-wing legal scholars, this makes Roe a point of dogma. Jill Filipovic, Time, "It's Naive to Think a Conservative Supreme Court Wouldn't Target Roe v. Wade," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh has been able to ‘‘toe a moderate line’’ while issuing predominantly conservative opinions, said legal scholar Adam Feldman. Michael Kranish And Ann E. Marimow,, "From Clinton to Trump: How Brett Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 10 July 2018 But to many legal scholars, the decision was not based on the merits of the case and would do little to impact similar cases around the country. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Wedding invitation designers appeal ruling requiring them to serve sames-sex couples," 10 July 2018 But some liberal legal scholars say the effort might backfire., "Will One Of These Women Be Trump's Next Supreme Court Nominee?," 3 July 2018 That means several marquee environmental laws could be reshaped or upended, according to legal scholars. David S. Rauf, Scientific American, "Clean Break: Kennedy Supreme Court Exit Could Upend Environmental Safeguards," 3 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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