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[stood-nt, styood-] /ˈstud nt, ˈstyud-/
a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil:
a student at Yale.
any person who studies, investigates, or examines thoughtfully:
a student of human nature.
Origin of student
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin student- (stem of studēns), present participle of studēre to take pains; see -ent; replacing Middle English studiant, aphetic variant of estudiant < Old French, noun use of present participle of estudier to study
Related forms
studentless, adjective
studentlike, adjective
antistudent, noun, adjective
nonstudent, noun
1, 2. See pupil1 .
Pronunciation note
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  • There is here a field of most interesting inquiry for the student.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • Murphy was a hard-drinking man, yet withal something of a student.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • No student of missions can ever be content to regard them as an ideal arrangement.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • I am myself, although, as a student of philology, I ought to know better.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Athletic regulations should not debar a student from playing summer baseball.

    Elements of Debating Leverett S. Lyon
British Dictionary definitions for student


  1. a person following a course of study, as in a school, college, university, etc
  2. (as modifier): student teacher
a person who makes a thorough study of a subject
Word Origin
C15: from Latin studēns diligent, from studēre to be zealous; see study
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for student

late 14c., from Old French estudient "one who is studying," from Medieval Latin studiare "to study," from Latin studium (see study). Student-teacher is attested from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for student



A newly addicted and still lightly addicted drug user: On a quarter grain a week a man was still a student (1930s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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