American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A learned person.
- n. A specialist in a given branch of knowledge: a classical scholar.
- n. One who attends school or studies with a teacher; a student.
- n. A student who holds or has held a particular scholarship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who receives instruction in a school; one who learns from a teacher; one who is under tuition; a pupil; a student; a disciple.
- n. In English universities, formerly, any student; now, an undergraduate who belongs to the foundation of a college, and receives a portion of its revenues to furnish him with the means of prosecuting his studies during the academic curriculum; the holder of a scholarship.
- n. One who learns anything: as, an apt scholar in the school of deceit.
- n. A learned man; one having great knowledge of literature or philology; an erudite person; specifically, a man or woman of letters.
- n. A student; one who studies at school or college.
- n. A specialist in a particular branch of knowledge.
- n. A learned person; a bookman.
- n. One who educates themself for their whole life.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who attends a school; one who learns of a teacher; one under the tuition of a preceptor; a pupil; a disciple; a learner; a student.
- n. One engaged in the pursuits of learning; a learned person; one versed in any branch, or in many branches, of knowledge; a person of high literary or scientific attainments; a savant.
- n. A man of books.
- n. In English universities, an undergraduate who belongs to the foundation of a college, and receives support in part from its revenues.
- n. a student who holds a scholarship
- n. someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
- n. a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
- From Middle English scoler, from Old English scōlere ("scholar, learner"), from Late Latin scholāris, from schola ("school"), equivalent to school + -er. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English scoler, from Old French escoler and from Old English scolere, both from Medieval Latin scholāris, from Late Latin, of a school, from Latin scola, schola, school; see school1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When the participle or the infinitive is used abstractly, without an assumed subject, its attribute complement is also said to be in the nominative case; as, To _be he_ [Footnote: See footnote above.] is to be a scholar; _Being_ a _scholar_ is not _being_ an _idler_.”
“The word scholar connotes heady intellectuals, buried in books and theories -- but what these kids are really learning is how to act.”
“I use the term scholar in the literal sense of student and do not claim expert status.”
“As for Gates qualifying for the title scholar, I will let his own actions speak for themselves.”
“Once a child -- whom we call a "scholar" -- is enrolled in our summer learning and after school programs, parents become more involved.”
“I wonder if any of students who rallied behind a coach who didn't report the rape of young children to the authorities or who would participate in the type of hooliganism caught on tape drunken destruction of cars and university property deserves the moniker "scholar.”
“It was unclear to me if the word "scholar" was being used in earnestness or mockery.”
“A scientist or a scholar is an individual who has determined, as much as possible, to be (psychologically) persuaded only by (logical) demonstration.”
“She then entered into it with spirit, and, being what they called a scholar, undertook to write a paper for Tom and his helper to pin on the priest's back.”
“What a scholar is our Janke!" laughed his mother, as she lifted the last sheaf of wheat on her fork and tossed it at Father Van Hove's feet.”
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