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 monastery building is now home to the Mary Woodard Lasker Center for Health Research and Education, a research training program for medical students. John Kelly, Washington Post, "For decades, nuns lived a cloistered life in Bethesda where NIH is now," 13 July 2019 An Oregon school district’s restroom policy for transgender students goes before the 9th Circuit Court., "Find out which Portland restaurants passed and failed inspections: Morning Briefing for Friday, July 12," 12 July 2019 For the graduate students, the clinic is a practicum that comes near to the end of their time in the McDaniel program. Catalina Righter,, "McDaniel College graduate students assist elementary-schoolers with reading in summer clinic," 12 July 2019 Bennet talked about reducing inequalities in the education system for underserved students who might have immigrant parents. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Presidential candidates Michael Bennet, Bill de Blasio address immigration issues at LULAC convention," 12 July 2019 Proceeds benefit Sewa education programs for at-risk students., "Historic Sally’s West Shore Pub coming down: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 12 July 2019 Cloutier created an interactive presentation on diabetes for more than 200 students in Oak Valley Middle School’s physical education classes. Pomerado News, "Girl Scout focuses on diabetes education for Gold Award project," 12 July 2019 Mandan Superintendent Mike Bitz says the school will spend about $20,000 this year to buy computers and other equipment to construct an esports lab for students. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 Stuff the Bus’ program running this month The San Diego County Office of Education is once again partnering with the San Diego County Credit Union to collect new, unused school supplies for local students experiencing homelessness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, July 11," 11 July 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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