Definition of student in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstjuːd(ə)nt/


1A person who is studying at a university or other place of higher education: a student of sociology a maths student [as modifier]: student loans
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  • The Board agreed that the Applicant should not be permitted to continue as a graduate student of the University.
  • Most of those at the cyber cafe were students studying at local universities.
  • Twenty-four male and 29 female first-year psychology students participated to earn credit for their course.
undergraduate, postgraduate, scholar, tutee;
freshman, freshwoman, finalist;
North American  sophomore, coed
British informal fresher
North American informal frosh
1.1A school pupil: high-school students
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  • Ruby Jane completed elementary school an average student and began high school with a whole new crowd.
  • I had my best day in June when we awarded a scholarship in my brother's memory to a student at his high school.
  • Virtually all of the high school students are played by men obviously in their thirties or forties.
pupil, schoolchild, schoolboy, schoolgirl, scholar;
infant, junior, senior
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting someone who is studying in order to enter a particular profession: a group of student nurses
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  • Initially the suite will be used to train student doctors and nurses, but will eventually be available to all staff.
  • It is my dream to see this column included in the syllabus for student doctors and nurses.
  • I suspect LamatDance may be student dancers hoping to pass as professionals.
trainee, apprentice, probationer, recruit, novice, learner, mentee, beginner;
Christianity  postulant, novitiate
informal greenhorn, rookie
1.3A person who takes an interest in a particular subject: a student of the free market
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  • Another example, of more interest to the student of Spinoza, is our knowledge of the validity of an argument.
  • Thus this biography will be of interest to any student of the mid-twentieth century South.
  • Mr Adams was a keen student of Islamic culture and civilisation, of which he is said to have had a deep understanding.



Pronunciation: /ˈstjuːd(ə)n(t)ʃɪp/
noun (British )
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  • PPARC is government funded to provide research grants and studentships to scientists in British universities.
  • Government funded, it provides research grants and studentships to scientists.
  • In 1930, the 19-year-old prodigy set sail from Madras to take up a research studentship at Cambridge.


adjective (British informal)
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  • Director Penny Woolcock has come up with a fundamentally silly and posturing drama which is so studenty it should have its own library card.
  • He's the embodiment of a solid, stolid studenty reality principle, Brit middlebrow popcult mediocrity personified.
  • But now it seems just a bit gratuitously surreal and studenty.


Late Middle English: from Latin student- 'applying oneself to', from the verb studere, related to studium 'painstaking application'.

Words that rhyme with student

imprudent, jurisprudent, prudent

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