Definition of scholar in English:



  • 1A specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities.

    ‘a Hebrew scholar’
    ‘a phrase borrowed from the Indian scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy’
    • ‘What scholars have been able to come up with is based on bits and pieces of his work (plays, poems, sonnets, critical essays, etc.).’
    • ‘The shifts and changes in sciences were initiated primarily by the women scientists and by the feminist scholars writing about science, like Keller.’
    • ‘A first book of the poems, The Poetical Works of Edward Taylor, followed in 1939, after which poets and scholars began to read him and write about him.’
    • ‘It required a cadre of scholars specialized in, and devoted to, the study of organizations.’
    • ‘This much has been known about Portus for generations as scholars have both read what ancient authors wrote about the harbour and explored the surviving remains.’
    • ‘Perhaps this entry, like some of the others written by German scholars, has suffered in translation.’
    • ‘Though not written by scholars, they engaged with a work of history in ways that exposed the interesting features of a book and displayed the erudition and style of the reviewer.’
    • ‘They were also impressed by the calibre of curators and scholars engaged to write the catalogue.’
    • ‘Trained as literary scholars, ecocritics read and write differently than historians, but not very differently.’
    • ‘In short, this book will be required reading for scholars of eastern railroads and few others, but may be read for pleasure and no little gain by other transport historians.’
    • ‘It takes virtually no account of all that scholars have been able to learn about Egypt since the decipherment of hieroglyphics.’
    • ‘I really admire her as a person and as a writer; and I think she has been the foundational theorist for a lot of women who are writing and who are scholars today.’
    • ‘I am persuaded, however, that they are fine scholars, and have written an important book that future research in this area will need to take into account.’
    • ‘The Encyclopedia is largely written by younger scholars.’
    • ‘With some notable exceptions, few scholars have been able to develop their writing skills while fulfilling their obligations to teaching and research.’
    • ‘This is a beautifully written book by a scholar of exceptional sensitivity.’
    • ‘The pamphlet was not released to the general public to read but it was pinned to the church door in Wittenburg for other scholars to read and to discuss in preparation for a full discussion at a later date.’
    • ‘These scholars first write brief position papers, which are read by the group.’
    • ‘The introduction and eleven essays were written by young scholars from Africa, Asia, Britain, Europe, the Middle East and North America.’
    • ‘Most items in these two categories are original contributions written by fellow textual scholars, critics, actors, directors and reviewers.’
    academic, intellectual, learned person, professor, man of letters, woman of letters, mind, intellect, savant, polymath, highbrow, bluestocking
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    1. 1.1archaic A person who is highly educated or has an aptitude for study.
      ‘Mr Bell declares himself no scholar’
      • ‘He lived in the imperial capital Beijing from 1523 to 1526 before retiring back to his native city to live the life of a scholar and a gentleman.’
      clever person, intellectual, intellect, bluestocking, thinker, highbrow, mind, sage
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    2. 1.2 A university student holding a scholarship.
      ‘a Rhodes scholar’
      • ‘He is now a junior and a Point Foundation scholar at Emory University in Atlanta.’
    3. 1.3archaic A student or pupil.
      • ‘At 14 he returned to being a full-time scholar at Dunbar High School, where he excelled at mathematics, and then at 16 he went back to the millwright's trade.’
      • ‘She drew attention to the centre's complementary courses aimed at preparing scholars for university entrance.’
      • ‘Upper Iowa University recognized 122 Athletic Department student scholars between games of a home basketball doubleheader in late January.’
      • ‘In Lacedaemon, pedagogues chastised their scholars by biting their thumb.’
      pupil, student, schoolchild, schoolboy, schoolgirl, learner
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Old English scol(i)ere ‘schoolchild, student’, from late Latin scholaris, from Latin schola (see school).