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



  • 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 One female student was found dead in the forest by troops tracking the kidnappers, Nigerian army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 In the New York article, one student recalled Rubenfeld asking invasive questions about rape, in the context of writing an op-ed on the subject from a law perspective. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 17 June 2021 One student will also be selected at random, live, as the winner of a $10,000 scholarship giveaway for their collegiate expenses and career readiness goals. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 16 June 2021 Prosecutors said Erickson, now 20, was a full partner with Alec McKinney in the shooting that killed one student at STEM School Highlands Ranch in an unincorporated suburban community south of Denver. James Anderson And Colleen Slevin, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 One student in my group received a religious exemption. New York Times, 15 June 2021 In addition, members of the Class of 2021 earned four-year academic awards, which are given to one student -- based on the outstanding work during their time at Holy Name High School -- in each of the major subject areas. John Benson, cleveland, 11 June 2021 Megan Thee Stallion is making one college student's dreams come true by offering a full-tuition, four-year scholarship. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 9 June 2021 The elementary school computer model showed a single infected child would probably pass the infection to fewer than one student on average over 30 days. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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