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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More than 450 high school runners competed, including students from Unalaska. Anchorage Daily News, "South girls, Service boys set the pace at Mustang Smokin’ Stampede cross-country meet," 25 Aug. 2019 With 148 students last year, Climax-Scotts was the smallest public school in the state to play 11-player football and still made the playoffs. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Son of Swami predicts 2019 Michigan high school football state champions," 24 Aug. 2019 Nine in 10 students in the district qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to the audit. Max Londberg,, "Newport superintendent claims critical audit of his district defamed him, cost him speaking gigs," 23 Aug. 2019 One in 10 high school students in Los Angeles County is an e-cigarette user, according to a study by researchers at UC San Diego. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "A ban on sales of flavored tobacco for e-cigarettes could be coming to L.A. County," 23 Aug. 2019 All proceeds benefit 3TheHardenWay, a foundation dedicated to addressing socioeconomic and academic issues that hinder high achieving students in the greater Houston area. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "James Harden shows up fashionably late to VIP JH-Town Weekend Kick-Off party in Galleria," 23 Aug. 2019 The dual-language school enrolls nearly 600 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Ashley Mcbride,, "Teachers and staff surprised with grants — and Bonham Academy has 11 of them," 22 Aug. 2019 With nearly 40,000 students, the commuter school has the largest enrollment in the 23-campus California State University system. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Police arrest Cal State Fullerton stabbing suspect, a coworker of the victim; motive remains unclear," 22 Aug. 2019 The contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Taylor Hartz,, "5 Skokie students win Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry awards," 22 Aug. 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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