American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the ancient commentators who annotated the classical authors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes scholia; a commentator; an annotator; especially, an ancient grammarian who annotated the classics.
- n. A scholar who writes commentaries on the works of an author, especially one of the ancient commentators of classical authors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A maker of scholia; a commentator or annotator.
- n. a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)
- From late Latin scholiasta, from late Greek σχολιαστής, from σχολιάζειν, from σχόλιον ‘scholium’. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein, to comment on, from Greek skholion, scholium; see scholium. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Later authors such as Iamblichus (VP 104, 267), Philoponus (De An.p. 88) and the scholiast on Plato (Alc. 121e) also call Alcmaeon a Pythagorean.”
“A scholiast renders ‘giving eight mouthfulls’; but the elder Philostratus uses the word in contrast to”
“You, almost alone among men of letters, still, like a living friend, win and charm us out of the past; and if one might call up a poet, as the scholiast tried to call Homer, from the shades, who would not, out of all the rest, demand some hours of your society?”
“Puritan? — not the less like to be a Papist, for all that — for extremities meet, as the scholiast proveth.”
“The passage made me suspect that inscriptions would be found among the rocks, as the scholiast informs us that “men used to write upon rocks in order that their writing might remain.””
“It is not easy to discover from what cause the acrimony of a scholiast can naturally proceed.”
“The compleat explanation of an authour not systematick and consequential, but desultory and vagrant, abounding in casual allusions and light hints, is not to be expected from any single scholiast.”
“Ne dicatur, mendicat in palaestra infelix clericus," says the scholiast, -- "lest he should be driven to beg for want of maintenance.”
“According to Mnaseas  (quoted by the scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius i. 917) they were four in number: -- Axieros, Axiokersa, Axiokersos, Casmilus.”
“The scholiast on Euripides states that in early times before the trumpet was invented, it was customary for a torch-bearer to perform the duties of a trumpeter.”
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