Definition of “scholar” - English Dictionary

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“scholar” in British English

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scholarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈskɒl.ər/ us /ˈskɑː.lɚ/

C1 a person who studies a subject in great detail, especially at a university:

a classics/history scholar
Dr Miles was a distinguished scholar of Russian history.

informal someone who is intelligent or good at learning by studying:

David's never been much of a scholar.

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  • a leading scholar of Islamic economics
  • a political scholar at the Brookings Institution
  • a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo
  • Most scholars assert that Christ was born somewhere around this time.
  • The theory has been widely discredited by scholars.

(Definition of “scholar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“scholar” in American English

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scholarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈskɑl·ər/

a person with great knowledge, usually of a particular subject

A scholar is also a student who has been given a college or university scholarship (= money to pay for studies).

(Definition of “scholar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)