pupil

noun (1)
pu·​pil | \ ˈpyü-pəl How to pronounce pupil (audio) \

Definition of pupil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a child or young person in school or in the charge of a tutor or instructor : student
2 : one who has been taught or influenced by a famous or distinguished person

pupil

noun (2)

Definition of pupil (Entry 2 of 2)

: the contractile aperture in the iris of the eye

Other Words from pupil

Noun (2)

pupillary \ ˈpyü-​pə-​ˌler-​ē How to pronounce pupil (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of pupil

Noun (1)

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pupil

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

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“Pupil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupil. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for pupil

pupil

noun
pu·​pil | \ ˈpyü-pəl How to pronounce pupil (audio) \

Kids Definition of pupil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pupil

noun

Kids Definition of pupil (Entry 2 of 2)

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

pupil

noun
pu·​pil | \ ˈpyü-pəl How to pronounce pupil (audio) \

Medical Definition of pupil

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

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