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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  • nonstudent
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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 At the restaurant’s opening, MSU’s student-run State News reported, the line waiting to get inside was not distanced. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Live updates: Arizona, Florida, Texas are latest coronavirus epicenters," 28 June 2020 While at Marquette, she was assisted by student researchers Sydney Czyzon, Alex Groth, Tara Schumal and Morgan Hughes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Cycles of Violence' project wins national journalism award," 28 June 2020 The cluster of coronavirus cases linked to Harper's has spread to the Grosse Pointes, where a college student returned home after visiting the college bar and went on to infect others at a house party and a bonfire. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials urge caution as state opens and coronavirus cases rise," 28 June 2020 Others will give money to student parents but only to finish high school, not college, even though a college degree is more likely to lead to financial independence. Lillian Mongeau, USA TODAY, "High-quality daycare is too expensive. Government subsidies are making it worse.," 28 June 2020 Reagan Razon, 16, a student at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, says many of her classmates have grown critical of SRO's role but others, especially White students, still support their presence. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "5 students tell you why they want police-free schools," 28 June 2020 Wheaton College student Caitlyn Kasper of Medina, Isabelle Perkins and Seth Jogan of Hinckley were named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Medina County College Corner," 27 June 2020 Of the nearly $300bn spent on feeding workforces, student bodies and the like, roughly half is outsourced, and half of that goes to the multinationals. The Economist, "Crash diet Catering groups are going through lean times," 27 June 2020 The board had previously considered removing Wilson's name after student activists protested in 2015, but the Wilson Legacy Review Committee had determined not to remove the name in 2016. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Princeton to drop Woodrow Wilson's name from school, citing his "racist thinking"," 27 June 2020

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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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The first known use of student was in the 15th century

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1 Jul 2020

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“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce student (audio)

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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