noun, often attributive
stu·​dent | \ˈstü-dᵊnt, ˈstyü-, chiefly Southern -dənt\

Definition of student 

1 : scholar, learner especially : one who attends a school

2 : one who studies : an attentive and systematic observer a student of politics

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Synonyms & Antonyms for student


pupil, scholar



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Examples of student in a Sentence

a group of college students She is a student at Georgetown University.

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One organization that has done this well is Braven, an organization that helps college students who are from low-income backgrounds learn soft skills like networking and resume building. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why nonprofits should think more like tech companies," 14 Nov. 2018 Focused on confidence, power, and strength, the evening was a celebration of the change women can bring about, prompting the crowd—which included students from the Lower Eastside Girls Club—to erupt into cheers throughout the night. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards Were a Stylish Celebration of Female Empowerment," 13 Nov. 2018 Hansen's students set up the Explore Apollo website highlighting some key moments from the tapes for the idly curious who might be less inclined to wade through the entire archive. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time," 12 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesNoam Galai On October 27, 11 people were murdered with an AR-15 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—the same weapon used to kill 17 students and faculty eight months ago in Parkland, Florida. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Gun Control Measures in the Midterms: How You Can Make a Difference With Your Vote," 30 Oct. 2018 The empowered women will in turn be able to help students and young professionals up the ladder. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Steps Out in a Green Jason Wu Dress for Her Final Appearance in Fiji," 24 Oct. 2018 Many of the rooms overlook Parker’s Piece, a grassy common popular with picnicking Cantabrigians and students pedaling toward the city center, less than a mile away. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018 Hawking's former student Fay Dowker, now a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London, discussed how Hawking showed the public the importance of scientists, and also brought scientists together across disciplines. Sarah Lewin,, "Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy," 17 Oct. 2018 First, there was the recasting of grandson Boyd Baxter and the introduction of foreign exchange student Jen. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Former 'Last Man Standing' Star Molly Ephraim Just Deleted Her Twitter Account," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of student

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for student

Middle English, from Latin student-, studens, from present participle of studēre to study — more at study

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English Language Learners Definition of student

: a person who attends a school, college, or university

: a person who studies something


stu·​dent | \ˈstü-dᵊnt, ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of student

: a person who studies especially in school : pupil

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