student

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

Synonyms

pupil, scholar

Antonyms

nonstudent

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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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Many students get upset talking about their education, frustration showing on their faces. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 Started by student Laura Jackson, who first grew out her body hair for a school project, #Januhairy encourages women to accept and empower themselves while challenging the view that female body hair is abnormal and something to be ashamed of. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Women Are Ditching Shaving for #Januhairy on Social Media," 5 Jan. 2019 But others have denied students lunches for having accounts overdrawn by just 30 cents. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 Throughout the Renaissance, anatomy teachers and students in medical schools did not perform dissections themselves. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 After prom, some students take a full weekend trip to celebrate the end of the year. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "7 Super Fun Things You Need on Your Prom Checklist For the Best Night Ever," 24 Dec. 2018 Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old Floridian with Palestinian grandparents, reportedly arrived at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. Fox News, "US graduate student detained in Israel for alleged pro-Palestinian boycott support," 9 Oct. 2018 Many of the students at the Tec, as the school is known locally, were abused as children, said one teacher there. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexicans, Hit by Murder Wave, Face Long, Often Futile Wait for Justice," 25 Dec. 2018 Once the must-have account for college students on the cutting edge, the company has been accused of everything from influencing the 2016 presidential election to precipitating genocidal massacre in Myanmar. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Allowed Corporate Partners to Access Private Messages," 19 Dec. 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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student

noun

English Language Learners Definition of student

: a person who attends a school, college, or university

: a person who studies something

student

noun
stu·​dent | \ ˈstü-dᵊnt, ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of student

: a person who studies especially in school : pupil

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