learning; knowledge acquired by study; the academic attainments of a scholar.
a sum of money or other aid granted to a student, because of merit, need, etc., to pursue his or her studies.
the position or status of such a student.
a foundation to provide financial assistance to students.

Origin of scholarship

First recorded in 1525–35; scholar + -ship

Synonyms for scholarship

1. See learning. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scholarship

Contemporary Examples of scholarship

Historical Examples of scholarship

  • I've passed all my high school examinations and I've a scholarship too.

  • They at least will understand that scholarship knows no nationality.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • There was to be scholarship and company and curiosity and enquiry.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He too was full of his own affairs, for he had just been up to try for a scholarship at Oxford.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He was a weakling, and had no love of boyish sports; but he excelled in scholarship.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for scholarship



academic achievement; erudition; learning
  1. financial aid provided for a scholar because of academic merit
  2. the position of a student who gains this financial aid
  3. (as modifier)a scholarship student
the qualities of a scholar
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Word Origin and History for scholarship

1530s, "status of a scholar," from scholar + -ship. Meaning "learning, erudition" is from 1580s; sense of "source of funds for support or maintenance of a scholar" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper