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Origin of student
synonym study for student
pronunciation note for student
OTHER WORDS FROM studentstu·dent·less, adjectivestu·dent·like, adjectivean·ti·stu·dent, noun, adjectivenon·stu·dent, noun
Words nearby student
BEHIND THE WORD
Where does student come from?
The word student entered English around 1350–1400. It ultimately derives from the Latin studēre. The meaning of this verb is one we think will resonate with a lot of actual students out there: “to take pains.” No, we’re not making this up: a student, etymologically speaking, can be understood a “pains-taker”!
In Latin, studēre had many other senses, though, and ones that some students may have a harder time relating to. Studēre could also mean “to desire, be eager for, be enthusiastic about, busy oneself with, apply oneself to, be diligent, pursue, study.” The underlying idea of student, then, is about striving—for new knowledge and abilities. It’s about that mix of hard work and passion. Isn’t that inspirational?
We don’t think you have to be a student of etymology to make the connection between student and study. Like student, the verb study also comes from the Latin studēre. The noun study—as in The scientists conducted a sleep study or Her favorite room of her house is the study—is also related to studēre and is more immediately derived from the Latin noun studium, meaning “zeal, inclination,” among other senses.
But not all connections between words are so obvious. Consider student and tweezers. Would you have guessed this unlikely pair of words share a common root? Let’s, um, pick this apart.
Tweezers are small pincers or nippers for plucking our hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, and so forth. The word entered English in the mid-1600s, based on tweeze, an obsolete noun meaning “case of surgical instruments,” which contained what we now call tweezers.
Losing its initial E along the way, tweeze comes from etweese, which is an English rendering of the French etui, a type of small case used to hold needles, cosmetic instruments, and the like. Etui can ultimately be traced back to the Latin stūdiāre, “to treat with care,” related to the same studēre. This is how student is related to, of all things, tweezers.
Example sentences from the Web for student
The university’s announcement comes as the school celebrates its bicentennial and days after students marched to LeBlanc’s on-campus residence and demanded the closure of the Regulatory Studies Center, the GW Hatchet reported.George Washington University commits to single-use-plastic ban|Lauren Lumpkin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Schools that have high numbers of students of color suffer chronic underfunding and less support across the country.My great-grandmother Ida B. Wells left a legacy of activism in education. We need that now.|Michelle Duster|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
School systems are reporting alarming numbers of students falling behind.
The deal sets the stage for prekindergarten and special-education students to return to school buildings on Thursday.Chicago reaches deal with teachers to reopen school buildings|Moriah Balingit|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
His family repeatedly sought records from the small local police department on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, desperate to understand the final minutes the 19-year-old college student spent alive.The first state to pass a law protecting police accused of misconduct may also be the first to repeal it.|Ovetta Wiggins|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
According to the USDA, student participation began to fall, with 1.4 million students opting out of the lunch program entirely.
Abraham, a yellow cab driver and student, feels that blacks are targeted unfairly by the police.
This was also the year Duke University student Belle Knox put college girls on the map.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard.
The congressman traces his belief in Santa Claus back 40 years, when he was a student going to college “on the GI Bill.”Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was one day when a student from the Stuttgardt conservatory attempted to play the Sonata Appassionata.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The student who does not intend to arouse himself need hope for no keen sense of beauty.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
A pupil of her father until his death, when she became a student under Gabriel Max, in Munich, for a year.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
One of them had taken four years of theology, and is an excellent student, and not so fitting for other things.
A story or narrative is invented for the purpose of helping the student, as it is claimed, to memorise it.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for student
- a person following a course of study, as in a school, college, university, etc
- (as modifier)student teacher