[stood-nt, styood-]


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 formsstu·dent·less, adjectivestu·dent·like, adjectivean·ti·stu·dent, noun, adjectivenon·stu·dent, noun

Synonyms for student

1, 2. See pupil1.

Pronunciation note

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Examples from the Web for student

Contemporary Examples of student

Historical Examples of student

  • He was a student working his way to an education, and his example was a help to me.

  • Langdon was a consummate trainer, a student of horse character.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Such a student cannot assume that Paul ever took anything for granted.

  • "That is what I have never been able to find out," answered the student.

    The Three Golden Apples

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "I described the giant as he appeared to me," replied the student, rather piqued.

    The Three Golden Apples

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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 for student

C15: from Latin studēns diligent, from studēre to be zealous; see study
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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.

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