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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scholar mean? 

SCHOLAR (noun)
  The noun SCHOLAR has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: SCHOLAR used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SCHOLAR (noun)

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A learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


bookman; scholar; scholarly person; student

Hypernyms ("scholar" is a kind of...):

intellect; intellectual (a person who uses the mind creatively)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "scholar"):

Renaissance man (a scholar during the Renaissance who (because knowledge was limited) could know almost everything about many topics)

reader (a person who enjoys reading)

post doc; postdoc (a scholar or researcher who is involved in academic study beyond the level of a doctoral degree)

philosopher (a specialist in philosophy)

philomath (a lover of learning)

bookworm; pedant; scholastic (a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit)

generalist; Renaissance man (a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests)

salutatorian; salutatory speaker (a graduating student with the second highest academic rank; may deliver the opening address at graduation exercises)

scholiast (a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author))

medieval Schoolman; Schoolman (a scholar in one of the universities of the Middle Ages; versed in scholasticism)

Shakespearean; Shakespearian (a Shakespearean scholar)

Sinologist (a student of Chinese history and language and culture)

theologian; theologiser; theologist; theologizer (someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology)

valedictorian; valedictory speaker (the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement)

Vedist (a scholar of or an authority on the Vedas)

musicologist (a student of musicology)

mujtihad (an Islamic scholar who engages in ijtihad, the effort to derive rules of divine law from Muslim sacred texts)

academician; schoolman (a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation)

alum; alumna; alumnus; grad; graduate (a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university))

Arabist (a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture)

bibliographer (someone trained in compiling bibliographies)

bibliophile; book lover; booklover (someone who loves (and usually collects) books)

Cabalist; Kabbalist (a student of the Jewish Kabbalah)

doctor; Dr. (a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution)

goliard (a wandering scholar in medieval Europe; famed for intemperance and riotous behavior and the composition of satirical and ribald Latin songs)

historian; historiographer (a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it)

master (someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution)

Masorete; Masorite; Massorete (a scholar who is expert on the Masorah (especially one of the Jewish scribes who contributed to the Masorah))

licentiate (holds a license (degree) from a (European) university)

Islamist (a scholar who knowledgeable in Islamic studies)

initiate; learned person; pundit; savant (someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field)

humanist (a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts)

Instance hyponyms:

Crichton; James Crichton; The Admirable Crichton (Scottish man of letters and adventurer (1560-1582))

Lorenzo de'Medici; Lorenzo the Magnificent (Italian statesman and scholar who supported many artists and humanists including Michelangelo and Leonardo and Botticelli (1449-1492))

Edmond Malone; Edmund Malone; Malone (English scholar remembered for his chronology of Shakespeare's plays and his editions of Shakespeare and Dryden (1741-1812))

Marcus Terentius Varro; Varro (Roman scholar (116-27 BC))

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Someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


assimilator; learner; scholar

Hypernyms ("scholar" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "scholar"):

memoriser; memorizer (a person who learns by rote)

quick study; sponge (someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily)

dweeb; grind; nerd; swot; wonk (an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or studying excessively)

tutee (learns from a tutor)

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A student who holds a scholarship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("scholar" is a kind of...):

educatee; pupil; student (a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "scholar"):

Rhodes scholar (a student who holds one of the scholarships endowed by the will of Cecil J. Rhodes that enables the student to study at Oxford University)

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