noun, often attributive
stu·​dent | \ ˈstü-dᵊnt How to pronounce student (audio) , 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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Examples of student in a Sentence

a group of college students She is a student at Georgetown University.
Recent Examples on the Web The Boston K Men, those fanatics who’ve been tracking strikeouts at Fenway ever since Pedro Martinez came to town, are promoting the work of The BASE, which provides pathways to higher education and productive citizenship for student-athletes. Dan Shaughnessy,, 5 Aug. 2022 Adidas signed 15 female student-athletes to name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals across seven collegiate sports. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 2 Aug. 2022 The student-athletes will take calls from 5 to 6 p.m. and practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m., a press release states. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 2 Aug. 2022 Bernstorf is looking forward to working with the various conference schools to give its student-athletes an enhanced athletic experience. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 1 Aug. 2022 Student-athletes, the families of student-athletes. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 Student-athletes, the families of student-athletes. Greg Beacham, ajc, 29 July 2022 No matter the window dressing about academics and student-athletes, Leaf targeted the true bullseye. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 The student-athletes listed were submitted by a school representative. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for student


stu·​dent | \ ˈstü-dᵊnt How to pronounce student (audio) , ˈstyü- \

Kids Definition of student

: a person who studies especially in school : pupil

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