[lur-nid for 1–3; lurnd for 4]


having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite: learned professors.
connected or involved with the pursuit of knowledge, especially of a scholarly nature: a learned journal.
of or showing learning or knowledge; well-informed: learned in the ways of the world.
acquired by experience, study, etc.: learned behavior.

Origin of learned

First recorded in 1300–50, learned is from the Middle English word lerned. See learn, -ed2
Related formslearn·ed·ly, adverblearn·ed·ness, nounhalf-learned, adjectivehalf-learn·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·learn·ed, adjectiveo·ver·learn·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·learn·ed·ness, nounwell-learned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for well-learned

Historical Examples of well-learned

  • And what was so natural, as that you should fall in with Mr. Fabians well-learned lesson.

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • William's voice now sounded as if he were reciting a well-learned lesson.

    Miss Billy Married

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • That which the primitives had to say was so rudimentary and well-learned that it took a definite visional form in their minds.

  • And the way he went into his tipsy act at the Times—veteran actor slipping into a well-learned role.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

  • I leaned forward and simply played over again my well-learned act of the winter before.

    The Fifth Wheel

    Olive Higgins Prouty

British Dictionary definitions for well-learned



having great knowledge or erudition
involving or characterized by scholarship
(prenominal) a title applied in referring to a member of the legal profession, esp to a barristermy learned friend
Derived Formslearnedly, adverblearnedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-learned



"having knowledge gained by study," mid-14c., past participle adjective from learn (v.) in former transitive sense. Related: Learnedly; learnedness.

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