Definition of learned in US English:

learned

adjective

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

    • ‘It's bold of me to challenge our learned scholars as my paltry mathematics training finished in year 11.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have studied under learned professors in stately halls of learning.’
    • ‘And he was learned and perspicacious enough to see that the rigidity which the old Labour party embraced would entail its own reaction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It remains for our learned people to resolve, as was done by Luther, Bacon and Erasamus, Rabelais and Montaigne.’
    • ‘He is a learned man in most matters that pertain to art.’
    • ‘The tribunal of learned personalities has also asked for initiation of peace talks.’
    • ‘And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.’
    • ‘They are very hospitable to learned and well-traveled people, as they love to learn new things from them.’
    • ‘The ideal would be to study those very same books under the auspices of a learned teacher.’
    1. 1.1 Showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly.
      ‘an article in a learned journal’
      • ‘As far as can be determined, the waves they caused remained limited to the learned echelons of society.’
      • ‘Articles about democracy appeared in learned journals, books and other academic writings.’
      • ‘He even produces an article from a learned American journal to prove it.’
      • ‘This staves off moral panic and encourages postmodernist academics to write papers in learned journals.’
      • ‘Other specialist libraries are maintained by federal and state departments and agencies, and by learned and professional societies.’
      • ‘A major chunk of journals in biomedical sciences is brought out by learned societies.’
      • ‘Publication of papers in learned journals is an intrinsic and inevitable component of doing science.’
      • ‘Graaf's efforts introduced Leeuwenhoek to the most important learned society of the time.’
      • ‘I, by the bright light of noon, would like to reveal the most learned and erudite of my studies.’
      • ‘He was a learned Scholar of the Bible, the Zora and the Torah.’
      • ‘He was a member of the learned societies of many nations.’
      • ‘He began fifty years ago as a Shakespeare scholar, with a learned and still necessary edition of The Tempest.’
      • ‘If the views of an associate professor expressed in a learned journal come within the scope of the vilification laws, then anything goes.’
      • ‘Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.’
      • ‘In some cases these hybrid approaches lead to papers being published in learned journals, but not always.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It is good to have this learned and scholarly life back in circulation.’
      • ‘Data from scientists in the field were published in learned society journals.’
      • ‘He refused to accept honorary degrees but he did accept honorary membership of academies and learned societies.’
      • ‘Not so much a time for learned study, or even a fake attempt at seeking knowledge.’
      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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

learned

/ˈlərnəd//ˈlərnəd/