schol·​ar·​ly | \ ˈskä-lər-lē \

Definition of scholarly

: of, characteristic of, or suitable to learned persons : learned, academic

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Examples of scholarly in a Sentence

His writings have been recently given scholarly attention. She has a scholarly interest in music. a scholarly study of words and their origins
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The scholarly work that D'Souza (and Woodward) pilloried in the early 90's has stood the test of time. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "A historian explains how mainstream conservatives made Trump," 13 Aug. 2018 This large-format book, filled with scholarly essays as well as two conversations between the artist and E.C. Krupp and Michael Govan, is illustrated with lush, full-page photographs. WSJ, "What to Give: Art Books," 15 Nov. 2018 And there were fellowships (Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, &c.), scholarly societies (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Antiquarian Society, &c.), and honorary doctorates (Dartmouth, Yale, &c.). Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 The first scholarly attempts to explain the puzzle-piece configuration of the continents invoked the hand of God. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 From the classroom and campus to scholarly journals, an orthodoxy is decided upon and enforced. John Leo, WSJ, "‘The University We Need’ Review: Rethinking College," 18 July 2018 If Yale’s popular course on happiness is a scholarly way to the good life, Thacker’s might be the opposite. Betsy Morais, The New Yorker, "Scholarly Advice for Dark Times," 10 Oct. 2011 My scholarly and athletic accomplishments went largely ignored, while my failures drew Mum’s abuse. Laura Zera, New York Times, "No One Helped My Mentally Ill Mother, or Me," 22 June 2018 Those payments were disclosed in scholarly journals but not by FDA. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of scholarly

1638, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scholarly

: concerned with or relating to formal study or research

: having the characteristics of a scholar


schol·​ar·​ly | \ ˈskä-lər-lē \

Kids Definition of scholarly

: like that of or suitable to learned persons

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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