Definition of scholar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskɒlə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːlər//
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  1. 1a person who knows a lot about a particular subject because they have studied it in detail a classical scholar He was the most distinguished scholar in his field.
  2. 2a student who has been given a scholarship to study at a school, college or university a Rhodes scholar
  3. 3(British English, informal) a clever person who works hard at school I was never much of a scholar.
  4. Word OriginOld English scol(i)ere ‘schoolchild, student’, from late Latin scholaris, from Latin schola, from Greek skholē ‘leisure, philosophy, lecture-place’.Extra examples Literary scholars have argued about this matter for years. She is the most distinguished scholar in her field. a scholar of the Enlightenment an eminent German scholar
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