stu·​dent ˈstü-dᵊnt How to pronounce student (audio)
 chiefly Southern  -dənt
often attributive
: scholar, learner
especially : one who attends a school
: one who studies : an attentive and systematic observer
a student of politics

Examples of student in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of student was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


stu·​dent ˈst(y)üd-ᵊnt How to pronounce student (audio)
 chiefly Southern  -ənt
: scholar sense 1
especially : one who attends a school or college
: one who studies
a student of life

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