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  1. of, like, or befitting a scholar: scholarly habits.
  2. having the qualities of a scholar: a scholarly person.
  3. concerned with academic learning and research.
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  1. like a scholar.
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Origin of scholarly

First recorded in 1590–1600; scholar + -ly
Related formsschol·ar·li·ness, nounpseu·do·schol·ar·ly, adjectivequa·si-schol·ar·ly, adjectivesu·per·schol·ar·ly, adjectiveun·schol·ar·ly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for scholarliness

Historical Examples

  • His scholarliness—like that of most scholars—was not without its drawbacks.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII


  • "Persistency, thy name is a jewel," said Dr. Surtaine with an air of scholarliness.

    The Clarion

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Like many of the physicians of his time he had degrees in both medicine and philosophy and was celebrated for his scholarliness.

    The Popes and Science

    James J. Walsh

Word Origin and History for scholarliness



1630s, from scholar + -ly (1). Related: Scholarliness.

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