schol·​ar | \ ˈskä-lər How to pronounce scholar (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Such a review is necessary, says Joshua Miller, a postdoctoral scholar in conservation genomics at University of Alberta, Edmonton, whose Twitter takedown of the paper garnered more than 3500 likes and thousands of retweets. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, "After scalding critiques of study on gender and mentorship, journal says it is reviewing the work," 20 Nov. 2020 But this had been merely one of many possible futures, as Pekka Hämäläinen—a Finnish scholar of American Indian history—makes clear in Lakota America, his profound history of the Lakota people. David Treuer, The New York Review of Books, "The Power Brokers," 17 Nov. 2020 Given the rising costs of parenthood, large families have, in a way, become a luxury, said Leslie Root, a demographer and postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Claire Cain Miller New York Times, Star Tribune, "Why the three-child family is disappearing in America," 17 Nov. 2020 Not quite, according to Bar-Ilan University’s Ido Hartogsohn, a scholar of science, technology, and society. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "What happens when psychedelics make you see God," 9 Nov. 2020 Jack Balkin, a constitutional law scholar at Yale, recently cited his colleague Stephen Skowronek’s categorization of political cycles for a Washington Post op-ed. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s defeat was supposed to launch a new progressive era, so what happened?," 6 Nov. 2020 Weltman is a theoretical physicist working in the Cosmology and Gravity Group, while Walters is a scholar in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics Theory Group. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Fast radio burst may have come from the Milky Way," 4 Nov. 2020 Rabbi Art Green is a scholar of worldwide renown, the author of dozens of books, one of the world’s leading experts on Hasidic Judaism and perhaps the only person ever to lead two different American rabbinical schools. Ben Harris,, "Rabbi/author (still) believes Hasidic ideas key to vibrant modern Judaism," 22 Oct. 2020 Gregory Gause, a scholar at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government, questioned how much more progress either candidate would make if elected. Michael R. Gordon And Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "Where Trump and Biden Stand on the Middle East," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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“Scholar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce scholar (audio) \

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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