- a person, usually young, who is learning under the close supervision of a teacher at school, a private tutor, or the like; student.
- Civil Law. an orphaned or emancipated minor under the care of a guardian.
- Roman Law. a person under the age of puberty orphaned or emancipated, and under the care of a guardian.
Origin of pupil1
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- the expanding and contracting opening in the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
Origin of pupil2
Examples from the Web for pupil
The value of leisure was one subject on which both teacher and pupil agreed.College Kids Should Major in Leisure
May 23, 2014
The Genius of Mozart is still in mourning and she weeps for the death of her pupil.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer
January 26, 2014
Of course these are derivative, too, almost as though Serra were his own pupil, or a forger of his own pieces.Iron Man XVII
January 24, 2014
In high school Miller filled out a “Pupil Information Sheet.”Searching for the Ghost of Roger Miller in Erick, Okla.
September 23, 2012
The injury left his pupil permanently dilated, making that eye appear to be a different color than the other.Nine Juiciest Bits From New Bowie Biography
July 12, 2011
To Cimabue succeeded his pupil, the famous Giotto, who died in 1337.
But that pupil had a better protection in the sacred ambition stirring in her.Weighed and Wanting
For her part, she taught me so much more that it seems effrontery to call her my pupil.In the Valley
Each time the pupil showed it the master said, 'Go on and finish it.'Heroes of the Telegraph
They were not quite ready yet, for they were still caressing the pupil.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- a student who is taught by a teacher, esp a young student
- civil law Scots law a boy under 14 or a girl under 12 who is in the care of a guardian
- the dark circular aperture at the centre of the iris of the eye, through which light enters
Word Origin and History for pupil
"student," late 14c., originally "orphan child, ward," from Old French pupille (14c.) and directly from Latin pupillus (fem. pupilla) "orphan child, ward, minor," diminutive of pupus "boy" (fem. pupa "girl"), probably related to puer "child," possibly from PIE *pup-, from root *pu- "to swell, inflate." Meaning "disciple, student" first recorded 1560s. Related: Pupillary.
"center of the eye," early 15c. (in English in Latin form from late 14c.), from Old French pupille (14c.), from Latin pupilla, originally "little girl-doll," diminutive of pupa "girl; doll" (see pupil (n.1)), so called from the tiny image one sees of himself reflected in the eye of another. Greek used the same word, kore (literally "girl"), to mean both "doll" and "pupil of the eye;" and cf. obsolete baby "small image of oneself in another's pupil" (1590s), source of 17c. colloquial expression to look babies "stare lovingly into another's eyes."
Self-knowledge can be obtained only by looking into the mind and virtue of the soul, which is the diviner part of a man, as we see our own image in another's eye. [Plato, "Alcibiades," I.133]
- The apparently black circular opening in the center of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
- The opening in the center of the iris through which light enters the eye.