There are 2 definitions of pupil in English:

pupil1

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Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːpɪl
 
, -p(ə)l
 
/

noun

1A person who is taught by another, especially a schoolchild or student in relation to a teacher: they are former pupils of the school will you take me on as your pupil?
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  • He told delegates the primary school pupil had attacked four teachers.
  • The teachers also taught the pupils to sing one or two songs in a different language.
  • Teachers are seen by pupils not to teach but as a way they can justify themselves at the next inspection.
Synonyms
1.1British A trainee barrister.
More example sentences
  • If a person is a pupil working for a barrister, he or she is a danger to shipping.
  • Indeed, it is open to a pupil master to refuse to certify that a pupil has completed pupillage satisfactorily.
  • He could not see what happened to pupils who stood behind the appellant's desk.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'orphan, ward'): from Old French pupille, from Latin pupillus (diminutive of pupus 'boy') and pupilla (diminutive of pupa 'girl').

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There are 2 definitions of pupil in English:

pupil2

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Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːpɪl
 
, -p(ə)l
 
/

noun

The dark circular opening in the centre of the iris of the eye, which varies in size to regulate the amount of light reaching the retina.
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  • Muscles controlling the iris change the size of the pupil according to light conditions.
  • The pupils do not change size when a bright light is projected into them.
  • It varies the size of the pupil and the thickness of the lens of the eyes to adjust for brightness and for distance.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French pupille or Latin pupilla, diminutive of pupa 'doll' (so named from the tiny reflected images visible in the eye).

Derivatives

pupillary

adjective
More example sentences
  • The cornea, the pupillary opening within the iris, the lens, and the aqueous and vitreous humor combine to form the refractive media of the eye.
  • A stimulant action on the parasympathetic portion of the oculomotor nucleus (third cranial nerve) is responsible for pupillary miosis.
  • She had pendular nystagmus, but pupillary and fundus examination showed nothing abnormal.

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