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 formsschol·ar·less, adjectivenon·schol·ar, nounnon·schol·ar·ly, adjective

Synonyms for scholar

1. savant. 2. See pupil1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scholar

Contemporary Examples of scholar

Historical Examples of scholar

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

    Apu Ollantay


  • "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
Southern African a school pupil
Derived Formsscholarly, adjectivescholarliness, noun

Word Origin for scholar

C14: from Old French escoler, via Late Latin from Latin schola school 1
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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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