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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 and Etymology 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


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pupil

noun pu·pil

Definition of pupil

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

pupillary

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Origin and Etymology 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 for Students

  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 for Students

  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.


Medical Dictionary

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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