[ stood-nt, styood- ]
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  1. a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil: a student at Yale.

  2. any person who studies, investigates, or examines thoughtfully: a student of human nature.

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Origin of student

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin student- (stem of studēns), present participle of studēre “to take pains”; see -ent; replacing Middle English studiant, aphetic variant of estudiant, from Old French, noun use of present participle of estudier “to devote oneself to, study” (see study

synonym study For student

1, 2. See pupil1.

pronunciation note For student

See new.

Other words from student

  • stu·dent·less, adjective
  • stu·dent·like, adjective
  • an·ti·stu·dent, noun, adjective
  • non·stu·dent, noun

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How to use student in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for student


/ (ˈstjuːdənt) /

    • a person following a course of study, as in a school, college, university, etc

    • (as modifier): student teacher

  1. a person who makes a thorough study of a subject

Origin of student

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

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