Definition of scholar in US English:



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

    ‘a Hebrew scholar’
    ‘a phrase borrowed from the Indian scholar Ananda Coomaraswamy’
    • ‘The Encyclopedia is largely written by younger scholars.’
    • ‘What scholars have been able to come up with is based on bits and pieces of his work (plays, poems, sonnets, critical essays, etc.).’
    • ‘Perhaps this entry, like some of the others written by German scholars, has suffered in translation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These scholars first write brief position papers, which are read by the group.’
    • ‘They were also impressed by the calibre of curators and scholars engaged to write the catalogue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trained as literary scholars, ecocritics read and write differently than historians, but not very differently.’
    • ‘This is a beautifully written book by a scholar of exceptional sensitivity.’
    • ‘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 required a cadre of scholars specialized in, and devoted to, the study of organizations.’
    • ‘It takes virtually no account of all that scholars have been able to learn about Egypt since the decipherment of hieroglyphics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shifts and changes in sciences were initiated primarily by the women scientists and by the feminist scholars writing about science, like Keller.’
    • ‘With some notable exceptions, few scholars have been able to develop their writing skills while fulfilling their obligations to teaching and research.’
    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 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.
      • ‘In Lacedaemon, pedagogues chastised their scholars by biting their thumb.’
      • ‘Upper Iowa University recognized 122 Athletic Department student scholars between games of a home basketball doubleheader in late January.’
      • ‘She drew attention to the centre's complementary courses aimed at preparing scholars for university entrance.’
      • ‘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.’
      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).