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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Examples of student in a Sentence

a group of college students She is a student at Georgetown University.
Recent Examples on the Web Lincoln was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8 p.m. Pemberton Township school officials confirmed that the child was a student at the district’s Early Childhood Education Center for 3- and 4-year-olds. David Levinsky, USA TODAY, "Prosecutor: 4-year-old boy in NJ fatally shot himself with an unsecured handgun," 8 Feb. 2020 The school's principal, Shahveer Dhalla, said in a statement Friday that the suspect was not a student at the high school. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "A teen stood up for a smaller student. Later one of the bullies killed him, police say.," 8 Feb. 2020 Smith is also accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, and her sister 19-year-old Deja Matts -- a student at the university -- at the Pride Rock residence hall. Fox News, "Texas man charged in New Year's Eve dorm shooting that killed 2 sisters," 7 Feb. 2020 Other highlights throughout February include a poetry contest for elementary schoolers and a student open mic night at Merit Coffee. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Writer and adventurer Hampton Sides to headline Highland Park Literary Fest," 7 Feb. 2020 Those involved are all students at Waukesha West and Waukesha North high schools, according to a statement from the Waukesha School District. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Waukesha student involved in a parking lot brawl says it was racially motivated. Police say that's not true.," 6 Feb. 2020 Michael Thompson, a graduate student in astrophysics at Purdue University, first raised the alarm about the set of maneuvers on Twitter. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is This Russian Satellite Stalking a U.S. Spy Satellite in Orbit?," 5 Feb. 2020 The research was conducted by students at the Institute of Design under the guidance of Brianna Sylver, founder and president of Sylver Consulting and an adjunct professor at the institute. Nate Berg, Fortune, "Should your company take design more seriously?," 3 Feb. 2020 Barrón, 15, is a student at North East School of the Arts. Deborah Martin,, "San Antonio theater fans share stage-door encounters with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and more," 3 Feb. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 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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