Definition of learned in English:



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

    • ‘To the learned elders and the people who have come here today, I thank them very much.’
    • ‘And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.’
    • ‘He is a learned man in most matters that pertain to art.’
    • ‘He is a learned religious scholar and has also served as a teacher of religious education.’
    • ‘The tribunal of learned personalities has also asked for initiation of peace talks.’
    • ‘The rest of us (who are not learned scholars) can only infer, deduce and feel His Hand.’
    • ‘It should not be that he fails to consult learned people.’
    • ‘One level of reading was for the lay public while another was for learned scholars.’
    • ‘It remains for our learned people to resolve, as was done by Luther, Bacon and Erasamus, Rabelais and Montaigne.’
    • ‘And he was learned and perspicacious enough to see that the rigidity which the old Labour party embraced would entail its own reaction.’
    • ‘The ideal would be to study those very same books under the auspices of a learned teacher.’
    • ‘They are very hospitable to learned and well-traveled people, as they love to learn new things from them.’
    • ‘I have studied under learned professors in stately halls of learning.’
    • ‘It's bold of me to challenge our learned scholars as my paltry mathematics training finished in year 11.’
    • ‘The learned people of our faith tell us that is the best place to be.’
    1. 1.1Showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly.
      ‘an article in a learned journal’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In some cases these hybrid approaches lead to papers being published in learned journals, but not always.’
      • ‘Not so much a time for learned study, or even a fake attempt at seeking knowledge.’
      • ‘Articles about democracy appeared in learned journals, books and other academic writings.’
      • ‘Publication of papers in learned journals is an intrinsic and inevitable component of doing science.’
      • ‘He began fifty years ago as a Shakespeare scholar, with a learned and still necessary edition of The Tempest.’
      • ‘He was a learned Scholar of the Bible, the Zora and the Torah.’
      • ‘A major chunk of journals in biomedical sciences is brought out by learned societies.’
      • ‘Graaf's efforts introduced Leeuwenhoek to the most important learned society of the time.’
      • ‘Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He even produces an article from a learned American journal to prove it.’
      • ‘If the views of an associate professor expressed in a learned journal come within the scope of the vilification laws, then anything goes.’
      • ‘I, by the bright light of noon, would like to reveal the most learned and erudite of my studies.’
      • ‘Other specialist libraries are maintained by federal and state departments and agencies, and by learned and professional societies.’
      • ‘He was a member of the learned societies of many nations.’
      • ‘It is good to have this learned and scholarly life back in circulation.’
      • ‘He refused to accept honorary degrees but he did accept honorary membership of academies and learned societies.’
      • ‘Data from scientists in the field were published in learned society journals.’
      scholarly, erudite, well educated, knowledgeable, well read, widely read, well versed, well informed, lettered, cultured, cultivated, civilized, intellectual, intelligent, clever, academic, literary, bookish, highbrow, studious, sage, wise, sagacious, discerning, donnish, cerebral, enlightened, illuminated, sophisticated, pedantic
      esoteric, obscure, recondite
      brainy, genius
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Middle English: from learn, in the sense teach.