from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing or demonstrating profound, often systematic knowledge; erudite.
  • adj. Directed toward scholars: a learned journal.
  • adj. Acquired by learning or experience: learned behavior; a learned response.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of learn: taught
  • adj. Having much learning, knowledgeable, erudite; highly educated.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of learn.
  • adj. Derived from experience; acquired by learning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to learning; possessing, or characterized by, learning, esp. scholastic learning; erudite; well-informed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessed of the learning of schools; well furnished with literary and scientific knowledge; erudite: as, a learned man.
  • Well acquainted; having much experience; skilful: often with in: as, learned in art.
  • Pertaining to or manifesting learning; exhibiting the effect of instruction or learning; scholastic: as, learned accomplishments; a learned treatise.
  • Synonyms and Learned, Scholarly, erudite, deep read. These words agree in representing the possession of a knowledge obtained by careful and protracted study, especially in books. They differ in that learned expresses depth and fullness in the knowledge, while scholarly expresses accuracy: as, a learned and scholarly treatise upon the use of the dative case. Learned expresses only the result of study; scholarly may express the result or the spirit: as, scholarly tastes. See ignorant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or showing profound knowledge
  • adj. established by conditioning or learning
  • adj. highly educated; having extensive information or understanding


Middle English lerned, educated, past participle of lernen, to learn, teach; see learn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lerned, from Old English læran ("to teach") (Wiktionary)
From Old English leornian ("to acquire knowledge") (Wiktionary)



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