Definition of scholar in English:


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  • 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’
    academic, intellectual, learned person, professor, man of letters, woman of letters, mind, intellect, savant, polymath, highbrow, bluestocking
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    1. 1.1mainly archaic A person who is highly educated or has an aptitude for study.
      • ‘Mr. Bell declares himself no scholar’
      clever person, intellectual, intellect, bluestocking, thinker, highbrow, mind, scholar, sage
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    2. 1.2A student holding a scholarship.
      • ‘a Rhodes scholar’
    3. 1.3 archaic A student.
      pupil, student, schoolchild, schoolboy, schoolgirl, learner
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/ˈskälər/ /ˈskɑlər/


Old English scol(i)ere ‘schoolchild, student’, from late Latin scholaris, from Latin schola (see school).