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SCHOL'AR, noun [Low Latin scholaris, from schola, a school; Gr. leisure, a school. See School.]

1. One who learns of a teacher; one who is under the tuition of a preceptor; a pupil; a disciple; hence, any member of a college, academy or school; applicable to the learner of any art, science or branch of literature.

2. A man of letters.

3. Emphatically used, a man eminent for erudition; a person of high attainments in science or literature.

4. One that learns any thing; as an apt scholar in the school of vice.

5. A pedant; a man of books. [But the word scholar seldom conveys the idea of a pedant.]