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pupil

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noun pu·pil \ˈpyü-pəl\

Definition of pupil

  1. 1 :  a child or young person in school or in the charge of a tutor or instructor :  student

  2. 2 :  one who has been taught or influenced by a famous or distinguished person



Origin of pupil

Middle English pupille minor ward, from Anglo-French, from Latin pupillus male ward (from diminutive of pupus boy) & pupilla female ward, from diminutive of pupa girl, doll


First Known Use: 1536

Rhymes with pupil


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pupil

noun pu·pil

Definition of pupil

  1. :  the contractile aperture in the iris of the eye

pu·pil·lary play \ˈpyü-pə-ˌler-ē\ adjective


Origin of pupil

Middle French pupille, from Latin pupilla, from diminutive of pupa doll; from the tiny image of oneself seen reflected in another's eye


First Known Use: 1567


PUPIL Defined for Kids

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pupil

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noun pu·pil \ˈpyü-pəl\

Definition of pupil

  1. :  a child in school or under the care of a teacher




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pupil

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noun pu·pil

Definition of pupil

  1. :  the opening in the iris through which light enters the eye



History for pupil

If you look into another person's eyes, you see reflected within the iris a tiny image of your own face. The Romans, comparing this image of a miniature human to a doll, called the opening in the iris that seems to hold the image pupilla, which is derived from pupa, meaning “doll.” This Latin word, by way of medieval French pupille, was borrowed into English as pupil.


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pupil

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noun pu·pil \ˈpyü-pəl\

Medical Definition of pupil

  1. :  the contractile usually round aperture in the iris of the eye





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