Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English scoler, from Old English scōlere ("scholar, learner"), from Late Latin scholāris, from schola ("school"), equivalent to school +‎ -er.

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