scholarship

noun schol·ar·ship \ ˈskä-lər-ˌship \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of scholarship

1 : a grant-in-aid to a student (as by a college or foundation)
2 : the character, qualities, activity, or attainments of a scholar : learning
3 : a fund of knowledge and learning
  • drawing on the scholarship of the ancients

Examples of scholarship in a Sentence

  1. She got a scholarship to Yale University.

  2. The organization is offering five $5,000 scholarships.

  3. The essay is a work of serious scholarship.

  4. The book is about his life and scholarship.

Recent Examples of scholarship from the Web

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First Known Use of scholarship

circa 1536

Synonym Discussion of scholarship

knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience.
    • rich in the knowledge of human nature
learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling.
    • a book that demonstrates vast learning
erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning.
    • an erudition unusual even in a scholar
scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation.
    • a work of first-rate literary scholarship


SCHOLARSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

scholarship

noun

Definition of scholarship for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that is given by a school, an organization, etc., to a student to help pay for the student's education

  • : serious formal study or research of a subject


SCHOLARSHIP Defined for Kids

scholarship

noun schol·ar·ship \ ˈskä-lər-ˌship \

Definition of scholarship for Students

1 : money given a student to help pay for further education
2 : serious academic study or research of a subject


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