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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The World Open was won by Ukrainian and Webster student, GM Ilya Nyzhnyk, 7.5/9, and $20,500. Chris Chase,, "Chess notes," 14 July 2018 In the 1989-90 school year, about eight male law students, Kavanaugh among them, shared a brownstone house, divided into several apartments … All the housemates leaned Democrat — except for Kavanaugh. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 The new course will be able to accommodate 12 students per class, compared to the nine in previous years. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc Harley-Davidson continues construction on in-house training course," 13 July 2018 Any Covington or Gallatin County residents, students, artists or workers are eligible to submit their Quit for Good Community Grant proposals. Jennie Key,, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018 Eight Northwest Catholic students, who are also accompanied by a math teacher, are now completing their mission work as planned at the Many Hands for Haiti compound, Heiden said. Alison Kuznitz, Courant Community, "Students From Northwest Catholic 'Safe And Sound' During Mission Trip To Haiti Amid Riots, High School Confirms," 9 July 2018 On the streets, heavy gunfire rang out and students fought back. Washington Post,, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 At the time, the school’s focus was on preparing students to become teachers in Chicago public schools. Graydon Megan,, "Edmund Kearney, started history department at Chicago State University and wrote book about the school's first 100 years, dies," 13 July 2018 Area students created the murals and will continue working on them during the demonstration, Sharp said. Phil Diehl,, "Protesters to return with weekend gun show," 13 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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