schol·​ar·​ly | \ ˈskä-lər-lē How to pronounce scholarly (audio) \

Definition of scholarly

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer,, 20 Oct. 2020 There is by now a rich and rewarding scholarly literature on Ellington. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 In addition to the museum, which opened in 2014, the center hosts a library with a comprehensive collection of Hmong scholarly literature, from dissertations on intergenerational trauma to newspaper articles on human rights abuses against the Hmong. NBC News, 3 Feb. 2022 October 2004 - Google Scholar, a service that allows user to search scholarly literature, launches with The University of Michigan, Stanford, Harvard and Oxford universities, as well as the New York Public Library behind it. CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 Indeed, the question of Gödel’s loophole has inspired a remarkably large speculative literature, in serious scholarly journals as well as among scholars in this magazine, and recently among academics writing online. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2021 Versions of this idea have recently bubbled up at academic conferences and in scholarly journals and anthologies (largely to the credit of the British anthropologist Robin Dunbar). Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 There was a scholarly work on Pierrot, the sad clown of the commedia dell’arte, and two books of literary interviews. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2022 While not a scholarly work of food history, the book offers a fascinating reminder of changing tastes and priorities. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scholarly

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Scholarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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schol·​ar·​ly | \ ˈskä-lər-lē How to pronounce scholarly (audio) \

Kids Definition of scholarly

: like that of or suitable to learned persons

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