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  1. a person who is learning; student; pupil; apprentice; trainee.

Origin of learner

before 1000; Middle English lerner(e), Old English leornere; see learn, -er1
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  • It brings the learner into direct contact with life and often illuminates the past.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Wherever it is possible, the learner should be sent to the sources themselves.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • No; but I may be able to teach it all the better from feeling the difficulties of a learner myself.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • The third, though valuable is costly, and discouraging to the learner.

  • What is it that the learner brings that is of such great value to the teacher?

    Herein is Love</p>

    Reuel L. Howe

British Dictionary definitions for learner


  1. someone who is learning something; beginner
  2. (in South Africa) a school pupil
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