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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Her scholarly work has taken on such topics such as how the fuel of capitalism is less about financial accumulation and more about innovation and ideas. The Economist, "Open Future The power of liberalism can combat oppression in all its forms," 8 Jan. 2020 Green tea, however, has been shown to naturally contain the highest amount of flavonoids of the four varieties, according to a 2005 scholarly review published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "These Are Green Tea's Most Exciting Health Benefits, According to a Nutritionist," 6 Jan. 2020 In tradition, and in some scholarly writing, Indraprastha is identified with Delhi, specifically the area around Purana Qila. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 Ellison and Callahan became friends after Callahan wrote a scholarly journal article about Ellison’s work and sent it to Ellison, who responded with an invitation to visit, according to Random House publicist Stephanie Reddaway. oregonlive, "Cheryl Strayed reads Travel Oregon’s new ‘Yeti and Squatch’ storybook, and other Oregon book news," 6 Dec. 2019 The award-winning author who has published more than 40 books, 200 scholarly articles and chapters and two multi-edition encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. Sergio Carmona,, "Historian to present ‘Roots and Resurgence of Anti-Semitism’ at Mandel JCCs," 27 Nov. 2019 But during the first year of Seamless Access, Carpenter says, the focus will be on testing and expanding the basic, anonymous access to scholarly articles. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "Move by journals to ‘seamless’ off-campus access raises privacy concerns," 15 Nov. 2019 Jo is living in a boarding house in Manhattan in the late 1860s, tutoring the proprietor’s children and catching the hesitant attention of the scholarly Friedrich Bhaer (French heartthrob Louis Garrel, of all people). Kenneth Turan, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: With a splendid new ‘Little Women,’ Greta Gerwig is thinking big," 24 Dec. 2019 Just in Time for the Holidays — Here’s How to Get One To get even more sweet, scholarly pups, watch Pick of the Litter on Dec. 20 on Disney+. Kelli Bender,, "Disney + Proves That a School Full of Puppies Is Just as Cute as It Sounds," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of scholarly

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scholarly was in 1583

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16 Jan 2020

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“Scholarly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce scholarly (audio)

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 How to pronounce scholarly (audio) \

Kids Definition of scholarly

: like that of or suitable to learned persons

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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