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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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 students were in their British literature class at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on May 7. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Hundreds of Jeeps Pay Tribute to 18-Year-Old Jeep Owner Killed Thwarting School Shooting," 16 May 2019 Wharton’s ‘How to Be the Boss’ class tries to equip students with the skills to deal with the gritty realities of managing. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work," 9 May 2019 The duchess will also open the Pears Family School, which supports students who have struggled in mainstream education and allows parents to attend classes to help their children learn. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Stunning in a Fitted Green Emilia Wickstead Dress at a Solo Engagement," 1 May 2019 On football Saturdays, all four thousand cadets wore camouflage uniforms, jumping up and down in the student section, dressed for figurative battle. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 The 22-year-old Stanford college student and sister of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel just launched Quinn, a website for women designed to be a comfortable, fun, space that favors mood-enhancing sensuality over in-your-face visuals. Rachel Khona, Allure, "I Tried Quinn, the New Audio Porn Website For Women," 23 Apr. 2019 Research on masters’ students entering the workforce found that women were more likely to take the first salary offered to them, while men were eight times more likely to negotiate for a higher salary, according to Forbes. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 The food for Woodland students will come in part from the Elkhart Schools' own cafeteria system. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A School Is Turning Its Leftover Cafeteria Food Into Frozen Take-Home Meals for Kids," 5 Apr. 2019 According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the graduate student in question is a teaching assistant who leads a microbiology lab. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A University of Alabama-Birmingham Grad Student’s Alleged Ties to White Nationalism Sparked a Student Protest," 19 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce student (audio) , ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of student

: a person who studies especially in school : pupil

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