Definition of learned in English:

learned

adjective

  • 1(of a person) having acquired much knowledge through study.

    ‘a learned, generous, and notoriously absent-minded man’
    • ‘And he was learned and perspicacious enough to see that the rigidity which the old Labour party embraced would entail its own reaction.’
    • ‘It remains for our learned people to resolve, as was done by Luther, Bacon and Erasamus, Rabelais and Montaigne.’
    • ‘To the learned elders and the people who have come here today, I thank them very much.’
    • ‘He is a learned religious scholar and has also served as a teacher of religious education.’
    • ‘And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.’
    • ‘The learned people of our faith tell us that is the best place to be.’
    • ‘One level of reading was for the lay public while another was for learned scholars.’
    • ‘The rest of us (who are not learned scholars) can only infer, deduce and feel His Hand.’
    • ‘He is a learned man in most matters that pertain to art.’
    • ‘It should not be that he fails to consult learned people.’
    • ‘The tribunal of learned personalities has also asked for initiation of peace talks.’
    • ‘I have studied under learned professors in stately halls of learning.’
    • ‘They are very hospitable to learned and well-traveled people, as they love to learn new things from them.’
    • ‘It's bold of me to challenge our learned scholars as my paltry mathematics training finished in year 11.’
    • ‘The ideal would be to study those very same books under the auspices of a learned teacher.’
    1. 1.1Showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly.
      ‘an article in a learned journal’
      • ‘If the views of an associate professor expressed in a learned journal come within the scope of the vilification laws, then anything goes.’
      • ‘He began fifty years ago as a Shakespeare scholar, with a learned and still necessary edition of The Tempest.’
      • ‘He even produces an article from a learned American journal to prove it.’
      • ‘A major chunk of journals in biomedical sciences is brought out by learned societies.’
      • ‘Why, in two of her lectures, does she discuss Kafka's ape, dressed up to make a speech to a learned society, and forced to speak their language?’
      • ‘Articles about democracy appeared in learned journals, books and other academic writings.’
      • ‘I, by the bright light of noon, would like to reveal the most learned and erudite of my studies.’
      • ‘Publication of papers in learned journals is an intrinsic and inevitable component of doing science.’
      • ‘He refused to accept honorary degrees but he did accept honorary membership of academies and learned societies.’
      • ‘Other specialist libraries are maintained by federal and state departments and agencies, and by learned and professional societies.’
      • ‘Not so much a time for learned study, or even a fake attempt at seeking knowledge.’
      • ‘In some cases these hybrid approaches lead to papers being published in learned journals, but not always.’
      • ‘It is good to have this learned and scholarly life back in circulation.’
      • ‘Graaf's efforts introduced Leeuwenhoek to the most important learned society of the time.’
      • ‘He was a member of the learned societies of many nations.’
      • ‘Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.’
      • ‘He was a learned Scholar of the Bible, the Zora and the Torah.’
      • ‘As far as can be determined, the waves they caused remained limited to the learned echelons of society.’
      • ‘This staves off moral panic and encourages postmodernist academics to write papers in learned journals.’
      • ‘Data from scientists in the field were published in learned society journals.’
    2. 1.2British Used as a courteous description of a lawyer in certain formal contexts.
      ‘my learned friend’
      • ‘Your Honour, we would take issue with my learned friend on that point.’
      • ‘Could I go for the moment to section 30B, which is behind our learned friend the appellant's materials.’
      • ‘There is no identical phrase in any of the statutes that are included in the booklet submitted by my learned friends.’
      • ‘The learned trial judge took the view that he is a very dangerous character.’
      • ‘My learned friend says that clause 4.1 prescribes ordinary hours for casuals.’
      • ‘The first of them is to grant the mandatory relief that my learned friends sought in the claim form and, as far as I am aware, maintained throughout the hearing.’
      • ‘Accordingly the sentences imposed by the learned sentencing judge will remain unaltered.’
      • ‘However, the finding of the learned trial judge was not that at all.’
      • ‘Of course members have heard my learned colleague speak about the range of pests.’
      • ‘No doubt our learned friends will develop how it is said that description of the approach to construction affects the matter.’
      • ‘Your Honours, my learned junior has provided some notes in answer to some questions.’
      • ‘My learned friend's solicitors have simply failed to follow the procedure.’
      • ‘The learned Judge rejected the evidence that other options were not discussed.’
      • ‘I think, with respect, your Honour, the learned sentencing judge described him as a terrorist.’
      • ‘My learned friend's submission seems to be premised on the submission that it can only be rational to change one's mind if there is a rational reason for doing so.’
      • ‘Here, if one listens to the submissions of our learned friend, it is though the prosecutor at the sentencing hearing did not err.’
      • ‘My learned friend says that the case is also academic in policy terms.’
      • ‘I think my learned friend has done a chronology which includes them as well.’
      • ‘I did not do the trial, your Honour, my learned junior did.’
      • ‘My learned colleague tells me they have been providing that care for 70 years.’

Origin

Middle English: from learn, in the sense ‘teach’.

Pronunciation:

learned

/ˈləːnɪd/