Definition of scholiast in US English:

scholiast

noun

historical
  • A commentator on ancient or classical literature.

    • ‘The identification is doubtful, but the scholiast (ancient commentator) knew Varus' origin.’
    • ‘Maybe the scholiast has created a schematic he cannot fully control.’
    • ‘Of the methods taught by Aryabhata and demonstrated by his scholiast Bhaskara I, some are based on comparison of similar right-angled plane triangles, and others are derived from inference.’
    commentator, observer, monitor, pundit, expert, authority, arbiter, interpreter, exponent, expounder
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Origin

Late 16th century: from medieval Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein ‘write scholia’ (see scholium).

Pronunciation

scholiast

/ˈskoʊliˌæst//ˈskōlēˌast/