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ˈskoʊ liˌæstscho·liast

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scholiastnoun

    a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)


  1. scholiastnoun

    A scholar who writes commentaries on the works of an author, especially one of the ancient commentators of classical authors.

    No quotations from Talmudists and scholiasts ever marred the effect of his grave temperate discourses. uE000240631uE001 Macaulay.

  2. Etymology: From late Latin scholiasta, from late Greek σχολιαστής, from σχολιάζειν, from σχόλιον ‘scholium’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scholiastnoun

    A writer of explanatory notes.

    Etymology: scholiaste, French; scholiastes, Latin.

    The title of this satyr, in some ancient manuscripts, was the reproach of idleness; though in others of the scholiasts ’tis inscribed against the luxury of the rich. Dryden.

    What Gellius or Stobæus cook’d before,
    Or chew’d by blind old scholiasts o’er and o’er. Dunciad.


  1. Scholiast

    Scholia (singular scholium or scholion, from Ancient Greek: σχόλιον, "comment, interpretation") are grammatical, critical, or explanatory comments – original or copied from prior commentaries – which are inserted in the margin of the manuscript of ancient authors, as glosses. One who writes scholia is a scholiast. The earliest attested use of the word dates to the 1st century BC.


  1. scholiast

    A scholiast is a commentator or annotator, who provides explanatory notes, comments, or interpretations on a text, especially on ancient classical texts such as those of the Greek and Latin authors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scholiastnoun

    a maker of scholia; a commentator or annotator

  2. Etymology: [Gr. , fr. a scholium: cf. F. scoliate. See Scholium.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scholiast

    skō′li-ast, n. one of a class of ancient grammarians, mostly anonymous, who wrote short notes on the margins of the MSS. of ancient Greek and Roman classics, a writer of scholia: an annotator: a commentator.—adj. Scholias′tic, pertaining to a scholiast or to scholia.—ns. Schō′lion, Schō′lium, one of the marginal notes of the old critics on the ancient classics: (math.) an explanation tion added to a problem:—pl. Schō′lia, Schō′liums. [Gr. scholiastēsscholion, a scholium.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scholiast in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scholiast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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