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[skol-er] /ˈskɒl ər/
a learned or erudite person, especially one who has profound knowledge of a particular subject.
a student; pupil.
a student who has been awarded a scholarship.
Origin of scholar
before 1000; < Late Latin scholāris, equivalent to Latin schol(a) school1 + -āris -ar1; replacing Middle English scoler(e), Old English scolere < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
scholarless, adjective
nonscholar, noun
nonscholarly, adjective
1. savant. 2. See pupil1 . Unabridged
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  • But not a sparkle sparkled from the eyes of the Greek scholar.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • I went to school with him, and he was a good penman, though that was about all he was as a scholar.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The editor has the reputation of being the best Plautinian scholar in Germany.

  • The three from scholar Duckworth were from a different breed of cat.

    Dead Giveaway Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The fact that the scholar is placed first shows the high estimation that the nation has always entertained for learning.

British Dictionary definitions for scholar


a learned person, esp in the humanities
a person, esp a child, who studies; pupil
a student of merit at an educational establishment who receives financial aid, esp from an endowment given for such a purpose
(South African) a school pupil
Derived Forms
scholarly, adjective
scholarliness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French escoler, via Late Latin from Latin scholaschool1
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Word Origin and History for scholar

Old English scolere "student," from Medieval Latin scholaris, noun use of Late Latin scholaris "of a school," from Latin schola (see school (n.1)). Greek scholastes meant "one who lives at ease." The Medieval Latin word was widely borrowed, e.g. Old French escoler, French écolier, Old High German scuolari, German Schüler. The modern English word might be a Middle English reborrowing from French. Fowler points out that in British English it typically has been restricted to those who attend a school on a scholarship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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