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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the ancient commentators who annotated the classical authors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A scholar who writes commentaries on the works of an author, especially one of the ancient commentators of classical authors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A maker of scholia; a commentator or annotator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes scholia; a commentator; an annotator; especially, an ancient grammarian who annotated the classics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)

Etymologies

Medieval Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein, to comment on, from Greek skholion, scholium; see scholium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From late Latin scholiasta, from late Greek σχολιαστής, from σχολιάζειν, from σχόλιον ‘scholium’. (Wiktionary)

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