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 Ge Bai is a professor of accounting at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office. Brian Blase, STAT, 14 May 2022 No new symptoms have been reported with the emergence of BA.2.12.1, Amesh Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells SELF. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 10 May 2022 John Hartig, a visiting scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research who focuses on pollution cleanup in the Great Lakes, confirmed the rarity of Ste Marie's sighting. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 7 May 2022 New York’s congressional and state senate primary has been pushed back to Aug. 23 to allow time for an independent scholar at Carnegie Mellon University to draw replacement maps under the supervision of a state judge. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 5 May 2022 Sinan Ulgen, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe who studies Turkish foreign policy, said the visit came after others aimed at improving Turkey’s ties with regional countries. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The opera is based on the life and writings of Omar ibn Said, a West African Islamic scholar who was captured at age 37 and sold into slavery in America. Globe Staff,, 27 Apr. 2022 The girl’s father and another Uyghur, a Muslim scholar, continue to be detained in the kingdom. Anna Schecter, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 Tracey Meares, now a top legal scholar at Yale College of Law, was denied that honorific for 38 years until Saturday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Scholar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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