scholar

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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.

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scholar ‎(plural scholars)

  1. A student; one who studies at school or college, typically having a scholarship.
  2. A specialist in a particular branch of knowledge.
  3. 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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