learned [lur-nid for 1–3; lurnd for 4] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite: learned professors.
- connected or involved with the pursuit of knowledge, especially of a scholarly nature: a learned journal.
- of or showing learning or knowledge; well-informed: learned in the ways of the world.
- acquired by experience, study, etc.: learned behavior.
Origin of learned First recorded in 1300–50, learned is from the Middle English word lerned. See learn, -ed2 Related formslearn·ed·ly, adverblearn·ed·ness, nounhalf-learned, adjectivehalf-learn·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·learn·ed, adjectiveo·ver·learn·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·learn·ed·ness, nounwell-learned, adjective Examples from the Web for well-learned Historical Examples of well-learned
And what was so natural, as that you should fall in with Mr. Fabians well-learned lesson.
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
William’s voice now sounded as if he were reciting a well-learned lesson.
Eleanor H. Porter
That which the primitives had to say was so rudimentary and well-learned that it took a definite visional form in their minds.
Willard Huntington Wright
And the way he went into his tipsy act at the Times—veteran actor slipping into a well-learned role.
Henry Beam Piper
I leaned forward and simply played over again my well-learned act of the winter before.
Olive Higgins Prouty
British Dictionary definitions for well-learned learned adjective
- having great knowledge or erudition
- involving or characterized by scholarship
- (prenominal) a title applied in referring to a member of the legal profession, esp to a barristermy learned friend
Derived Formslearnedly, adverblearnedness, noun Word Origin and History for well-learned learned adj.
“having knowledge gained by study,” mid-14c., past participle adjective from learn (v.) in former transitive sense. Related: Learnedly; learnedness.