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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There are also a lot of tech workers, college students, and professional artists who take the 80 different classes in everything from hoop diving and contortion to juggling, tight wire, and tumbling., "Her circus business embraces the unconventional," 14 July 2018 Over the last two days, nearly 500 Yale Law alumni, students and faculty members … have signed a petition criticizing Yale for celebrating its alumnus’s nomination. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Such books matched the needs of students, professionals, and other aspirational readers who used these texts for practical purposes. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 Fewer than 700 students statewide took advantage of the policy last year, according to data from the Board of Regents. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kobach and Colyer trade barbs — and boos— at heated Johnson County GOP debate," 12 July 2018 Among the nine-college district’s 148,000 students, about 58.5% are Latino, 14.8% white, 9.5% African American and 7.53% Asian, according to 2017 state data. Teresa Watanabe,, "L.A. Community College trustees assailed for seating a Latino man over three African American women," 12 July 2018 Two students, whom Apple plucked from its annual software conference last month, showed off apps focused on accessibility and mental health awareness. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 SDSU West estimates that the addition of 6,000 students, made possible through the initiative, would result in a $239 million impact by 2033. Phillip Molnar,, "Taxpayers association says SoccerCity has bigger tax benefit to city," 12 July 2018 In an email to staff and students, the office of campus safety said Wednesday that there have been three carjackings just outside the office’s patrol area in the past few weeks. Christina Tkacik,, "Three carjackings in recent weeks near Johns Hopkins, university says," 11 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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