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[lur-nid for 1–3; lurnd for 4] /ˈlɜr nɪd for 1–3; lɜrnd for 4/
having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite:
learned professors.
connected or involved with the pursuit of knowledge, especially of a scholarly nature:
a learned journal.
of or showing learning or knowledge; well-informed:
learned in the ways of the world.
acquired by experience, study, etc.:
learned behavior.
Origin of learned
First recorded in 1300-50, learned is from the Middle English word lerned. See learn, -ed2
Related forms
learnedly, adverb
learnedness, noun
half-learned, adjective
half-learnedly, adverb
overlearned, adjective
overlearnedly, adverb
overlearnedness, noun
well-learned, adjective Unabridged
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  • And what was so natural, as that you should fall in with Mr. Fabians well-learned lesson.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • William's voice now sounded as if he were reciting a well-learned lesson.

    Miss Billy Married Eleanor H. Porter
  • That which the primitives had to say was so rudimentary and well-learned that it took a definite visional form in their minds.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • And the way he went into his tipsy act at the Times—veteran actor slipping into a well-learned role.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • I leaned forward and simply played over again my well-learned act of the winter before.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • The hermit was a good and kind man and a well-learned leech, and after a while Osberne began to mend speedily.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • But there was no sense of danger, no well-learned lesson of risk to check his will to smoke another cigarette.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • "And he is at the farm of Darius Hinds, six hours from Pamunkey turnpike," she said, as if repeating a well-learned lesson.

    Maid Sally Harriet A. Cheever
  • I read them the articles as a reward for good behavior and well-learned lessons, and let them copy and work out the puzzles.

  • The Lieutenant sat at the crude table in the center of the small room and talked rapidly, as one rehearsing a well-learned lesson.

    The Lighted Match Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for well-learned


having great knowledge or erudition
involving or characterized by scholarship
(prenominal) a title applied in referring to a member of the legal profession, esp to a barrister: my learned friend
Derived Forms
learnedly, adverb
learnedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-learned



"having knowledge gained by study," mid-14c., past participle adjective from learn (v.) in former transitive sense. Related: Learnedly; learnedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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