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

before 1000; Middle English lerner(e), Old English leornere; see learn, -er1
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Related Words for learner

pupil, beginner, trainee, scholar, novice, neophyte, abecedarian, initiate, bookworm, student, disciple, apprentice, probationer, catechumen

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Historical Examples of learner

  • 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

    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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