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.
academic, intellectual, learned person, professor, man of letters, woman of letters, mind, intellect, savant, polymath, highbrow, bluestocking;
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.
pupil, student, schoolchild, schoolboy, schoolgirl, learner


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

Words that rhyme with scholar

ayatollah, choler, collar, corolla, dollar, dolour (US dolor), Hezbollah, holler, squalor, wallah, Waller, white-collar

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