knowledge acquired by reading books, as distinguished from that obtained through observation and experience.
formal education: She thought that common sense was just as important as book learning.
- book-learn·ed [book-lur-nid, -lurnd], /ˈbʊkˌlɜr nɪd, -ˌlɜrnd/, adjective
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How to use book learning in a sentence
Many things besides book-learning did Wang Ken teach his pupil.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
I'm so glad spring is here at last that I've got to take it out in something besides book-learning.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
They are good girls, both, and as busy as they are good; in spare moments they come up here, and take to book learning.Charles Dickens' Children Stories | Charles Dickens
Mere scholarship—book-learning—is seldom effective in the solution of intricate national and economic problems.A Broader Mission for Liberal Education | John Henry Worst
You know what is before you, and these qualities are of far more importance, in your case, than any book learning.The Tiger of Mysore | G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for book-learning
knowledge gained from books rather than from direct personal experience
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