scholar

noun
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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Synonyms for scholar

Synonyms

pundit, sage, savant

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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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More than 200 artists, scholars and guest speakers took part in more than 140 programs, organizers said. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Toronto festival highlights Iranian culture, food," 10 Aug. 2019 And on Kim’s Convenience, the Korean-Canadian character Jung (Simu Liu) is more of an athlete than a scholar and manages a rental car company. Rachel Yang, Teen Vogue, "Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television," 8 Aug. 2019 But some of the deadliest mass shootings in this country, and elsewhere, have their roots in such beliefs, according to law enforcement experts, scholars and many independent news organizations. New York Times, "Fact Check: Tucker Carlson Falsely Calls White Supremacy a ‘Hoax’," 8 Aug. 2019 Alexander the Great's death at the age of 32 has long baffled scholars and historians, who have offered a range of theories about what ultimately led to his demise. Fox News, "Forgotten Alexander the Great sculpture found in Greek museum's storage room," 3 Aug. 2019 The American Bar Association and other legal scholars and associations are calling for immigration court to be made independent and free from external influence, so that cases can be fairly, efficiently and impartially decided under the law. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Angelina Jolie: The Crisis We Face at the Border Does Not Require Us to Choose Between Security and Humanity," 31 July 2019 As a scholar and critic of diet culture, Sole-Smith is even more skeptical that the shift is a net positive. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "How we stopped counting calories and learned to love Spindrift," 29 July 2019 More than 10,000 people, including scholars and ordinary citizens, signed the petition, which was ultimately successful: The journal retracted the paper on May 2. Sarah Wild, Quartz Africa, "How long-discredited “race science” research got published from two South African universities," 29 July 2019 But if this new movement succeeds in building an army of institutions, scholars and politicians, what would its agenda look like in practice? John Burtka Iv, Twin Cities, "John Burtka: Under Trump, a very different agenda for conservatives emerges," 25 July 2019

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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

noun

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

scholar

noun
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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