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scholar Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
    scholarly person; bookman; student.
  2. noun someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
    assimilator; learner.
  3. noun a student who holds a scholarship
WordNet

Schol"ar noun
Etymology
OE. scoler, AS. sc&omac;lere, fr. L. scholaris belonging to a school, fr. schola a school. See School.
Definitions
  1. 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.
    I am no breeching scholar in the schools. Shak.
  2. One engaged in the pursuits of learning; a learned person; one versed in many branches, of knowledge; a person of high literary or scientific attainments; a savant. Shak. Locke.
  3. A man of books. Bacon.
  4. In English universities, an undergraduate who belongs to the foundation of a college, and receives support in part from its revenues. Syn. -- Pupil; learner; disciple. -- Scholar, Pupil. Scholar refers to the instruction, and pupil to the care and government, of a teacher. A scholar is one who is under instruction; a pupil is one who is under the immediate and personal care of an instructor; hence we speak of a bright scholar, and an obedient pupil.

Webster 1913