Definition of scholar in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈskɒlə


1A specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities: a Hebrew scholar a phrase borrowed from the Indian scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy
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  • It required a cadre of scholars specialized in, and devoted to, the study of organizations.
  • These scholars first write brief position papers, which are read by the group.
  • This much has been known about Portus for generations as scholars have both read what ancient authors wrote about the harbour and explored the surviving remains.
authority, expert, pundit, mastermind;
Hindu pandit;
Jewish rabbi
informal egghead
North American informal pointy-head
archaic bookman
1.1chiefly archaic A person who is highly educated or has an aptitude for study: Mr Bell declares himself no scholar
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  • He lived in the imperial capital Beijing from 1523 to 1526 before retiring back to his native city to live the life of a scholar and a gentleman.
1.2A university student holding a scholarship: a Rhodes scholar
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  • He is now a junior and a Point Foundation scholar at Emory University in Atlanta.
1.3 archaic A student or pupil.
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  • At 14 he returned to being a full-time scholar at Dunbar High School, where he excelled at mathematics, and then at 16 he went back to the millwright's trade.
  • In Lacedaemon, pedagogues chastised their scholars by biting their thumb.
  • She drew attention to the centre's complementary courses aimed at preparing scholars for university entrance.


Old English scol(i)ere 'schoolchild, student', from late Latin scholaris, from Latin schola (see school1).

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