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.
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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Student.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 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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