From Middle English scoler, from Old English scōlere (“scholar, learner”), from Late Latin scholāris, from schola (“school”), equivalent to school + -er. Compare Saterland Frisian Sköiler, Middle Low German schȫlære, schȫlere, schȫler (> modern German Low German Schöler), Dutch scholier, German Schüler.
scholar (plural scholars)
- A student; one who studies at school or college, typically having a scholarship.
- A specialist in a particular branch of knowledge.
- A learned person; a bookman.
2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in American Scientist:
- The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, […] . Scribes, illuminators, and scholars held such stones directly over manuscript pages as an aid in seeing what was being written, drawn, or read.
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- scholar in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- scholar in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911