bookman vs scholar what difference

what is difference between bookman and scholar



From Middle English bocman, from Old English bōcmann (bookman, a holder of bookland), equivalent to book +‎ man.


bookman (plural bookmen)

  1. (historical, Old English law) One who held bookland.
  2. A studious or learned man; a scholar; a student of books.
  3. One who sells or publishes books; a bookseller.



From Middle English scolar, scolare, scoler, scolere (also scholer), from Old English scōlere (scholar, learner), from Late Latin scholāris, from schola (school), from Ancient Greek σχολεῖον (skholeîon), from σχολή (skholḗ, spare time, leisure”, later, “conversations and the knowledge gained through them during free time; the places where these conversations took place), equivalent to school +‎ -er. Compare Saterland Frisian Sköiler, Middle Low German schȫlære, schȫlere, schȫler (> modern German Low German Schöler), Dutch scholier, German Schüler. Doublet of escolar.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskɒlə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈskɑlɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒlə(r)


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.


  • (student): pupil, student
  • (specialist): expert, specialist
  • (learned person): academic, learned person, savant, scholarly person, erudite

Derived terms

Related terms

  • scholiast


See also

  • savant

Further reading

  • scholar in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • scholar in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • chorals, lorchas, orchals

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