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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Noman Hussain, resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee-Brookfield, participated in the vigil to oppose issues such as splitting up immigrant families. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With pleas from the public to show compassion, Jim Sensenbrenner calls immigration system a 'mess' during Brookfield town hall," 6 July 2018 Mr Dershowitz, once a brilliant scholar and defender of celebrity clients, including Claus von Bülow and O.J. Simpson, has long been better known for his provocative turns on cable news shows. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 McFaul cut his political teeth as a pro-democracy activist in Moscow during the final years of Soviet power before becoming a scholar of contemporary Russia at Stanford University. Daniel Beer, New York Times, "Does Vladimir Putin Speak for the Russian People?," 6 July 2018 The family moved to the university town of Lund after his father, a historian, was offered a teaching post; his mother focused on raising the children but later became a noted scholar of women’s legal status in the Middle Ages. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Arvid Carlsson, Nobel laureate who uncovered a treatment for Parkinson’s, dies at 95," 2 July 2018 The author, a scholar of linguistics, revels in the minutiae of spelling, grammar, and usage, and her love of our living, changing language is infectious. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 6 June 2018 But Francesca Rosa, a scholar of comparative constitutional law at the University of Foggia, said there are no constitutional problems with Aiello's situation. Anna Momigliano,, "A mob informant was elected to Italy's Parliament, but voters have never seen her face," 5 June 2018 In recent years, scholars of Arctic history have been reassessing Rae's achievements. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Finding John Rae’ imagines inner life of Arctic explorer who discovered the Franklin expedition’s grisly fate," 26 May 2018 The iconic game show has fans of all sorts: Drake listeners, scholars of classic cinema, local-pub-trivia diehards. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Who Is Arthur Chu?: When Jeopardy ended, the real puzzles of online life began," 20 May 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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