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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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  • He was not only a Quichua scholar, but also accomplished and well read.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • "But there came an end of ftes" said the scholar, who read in books and newspapers.

  • "But he disappeared—the emperor disappeared—he vanished," persisted the scholar.

  • They stood at the desk, teacher and scholar, Howard bending over his slate.

  • Not a king's scholar but answered to his name; and Tom signed the roll for the first time.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
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.

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