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 The Malian city of Timbuktu was long home to libraries full of ancient manuscripts — collections of scholarly works, poetry, letters and copies of the Koran. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 Their study summarizes a lot of scholarly academic research on the negative relationship between the size of government and economic growth. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 24 Sep. 2021 There has been an off-and-on spate of scholarly research about highway hypnosis. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 In addition to his scholarly work, Cuéllar served as a special assistant to former President Obama, working on food safety laws and sentencing reform, and advised the Clinton administration on federal crime regulatory issues. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Rajkumar, the Mayo Clinic professor who is also editor of a scholarly journal Blood Cancer Journal, said in a series of Twitter posts there are several reasons for what’s happening, including the delta variant, which can’t be controlled. Anthony Man,, 28 Aug. 2021 Lee and his collaborators plan to eventually submit their findings for publication in a scholarly journal. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 According to a university statement, Wang was arrested in Iran last summer while doing scholarly research in connection with his Ph.D. dissertation. CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 In 2017, Tether printed a flurry of its currency in patterns that appeared to be linked to rises in Bitcoin, as an influential scholarly paper later found. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of scholarly

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Scholarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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