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 How America’s migrant policies have changed in the Trump and Biden years Will Biden cancel student loan debt? Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Biden's new COVID vaccine goal," 7 Apr. 2021 The former student revolutionaries around him sit in stunned silence: Of course life is supposed to be fun! Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Big Chill: When Boomers Stumble on the Truth about Their Own Failings," 7 Apr. 2021 That night, the student senate rejected the proposal. Ben Sales,, "Inside the debate over Judaism and Zionism at the University of Iowa," 7 Apr. 2021 Black students make up more than 21 percent of Florida’s K-12 student population, but only 6 percent of Bright Futures recipients are Black. NBC News, "Florida lawmakers continue to propose changes to scholarship amid student and parent backlash," 7 Apr. 2021 That’s due to the Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine asking public school districts to create their own plan dealing with student learning loss related to the pandemic. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City Schools targets COVID-related learning loss with free summer classes for students," 7 Apr. 2021 Shapiro's Delicatessen on South Meridian was one of the restaurants University of Alabama student and sports fan Luke Ratliff visited while in Indianapolis to watch the Crimson Tide basketball team compete. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis restaurants say they've yet to hear from contact tracers after COVID-19 deaths," 7 Apr. 2021 School board members say the money would help reopen Central School, reduce class sizes districtwide, add full-day kindergarten, improve student safety and security and provide more support services and classroom materials. Daily Southtown Staff,, "Southland voters weigh in on taxes, libraries, park land purchases and term limits," 7 Apr. 2021 The Office of Inclusive Excellence is working on new programs to support students of color, and the university will host two sessions in April to field student feedback. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "'The whole campus is watching.' NKU to launch 'Watch the Rock' campaign after racist attacks," 7 Apr. 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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9 Apr 2021

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“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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