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scholarship

[skol-er-ship]
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noun
  1. learning; knowledge acquired by study; the academic attainments of a scholar.
  2. a sum of money or other aid granted to a student, because of merit, need, etc., to pursue his or her studies.
  3. the position or status of such a student.
  4. a foundation to provide financial assistance to students.
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Origin of scholarship

First recorded in 1525–35; scholar + -ship

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1. See learning.
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educationexpertiseschoolingassistanceawardfellowshipdonationrewardcharityinsightabilitycognitionphilosophywisdomgraspknow-howcomprehensionlearningintelligencelore

Examples from the Web for scholarship

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  • 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

scholarship

noun
  1. 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
  2. the qualities of a scholar
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Word Origin and History for scholarship

n.

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.

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