Definition of student in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘With interest rates so low, I immediately consolidated my student loan debt.’
    • ‘All second- and third-year clinical PhD students now participate in the clinic and its research lab.’
    • ‘What this legislation will do is mean that student union fees will be voluntary.’
    • ‘Most of those at the cyber cafe were students studying at local universities.’
    • ‘They have strong academic skills and are consistently among the best students on campus.’
    • ‘The case has been studied by MBA students around the world since.’
    • ‘We have about 585,000 foreign students on our campuses which looks like a lot.’
    • ‘Over beer and spring rolls I find out that Julia is a first-year graduate student in clinical psychology.’
    • ‘There are also post-graduate fee-paying students studying in courses such as the MBA.’
    • ‘There, he will serve as a clinician specializing in infectious disease and teach post-graduate medical students.’
    • ‘Twenty-four male and 29 female first-year psychology students participated to earn credit for their course.’
    • ‘If this post helps even one potential grad student, it will be worth it.’
    • ‘I remember a conversation with a South Asian student in Sanskrit class in 1990.’
    • ‘Almost 80 % of the participants were traditional college students between the ages of 18 and 24.’
    • ‘The Board agreed that the Applicant should not be permitted to continue as a graduate student of the University.’
    • ‘What do today's college students really need to know and be able to do when they graduate?’
    • ‘Last year the average undergraduate student loan debt reached $18,900.’
    • ‘The participants were 101 students from classes in general psychology at the George Washington University.’
    • ‘We also have another 73,800 people who are covered by student visas and permits.’
    • ‘The students were all third year professional pharmacy students enrolled in a full-time program.’
    undergraduate, postgraduate, scholar, tutee
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    1. 1.1 A school pupil.
      ‘high-school students’
      • ‘I teach high-school students who are highly motivated to know this.’
      • ‘Yet only half of all students who enter high school enroll in a post-secondary institution.’
      • ‘It was on that night that I lost my faith in today's generation of high school students.’
      • ‘Approximately 70 % of charter schools reporting enrolled fewer students with disabilities than the state average.’
      • ‘There are also concerns about the applicability of the recommendations made to help first-generation students be successful.’
      • ‘The participants were middle-school and high-school students enrolled in health classes at 10 urban schools.’
      • ‘As a former high school student I can tell you that, yes, this is entirely realistic.’
      • ‘Voters and policymakers should hold school districts and their employees accountable for student learning.’
      • ‘He was a typical popular student in the seventh grade who could be trusted.’
      • ‘Virtually all of the high school students are played by men obviously in their thirties or forties.’
      • ‘Defense Department schools offer valuable lessons, particularly in educating low-income, minority students.’
      • ‘Fellowship is presented to a journalism educator committed to helping prepare minority students for successful careers in journalism.’
      • ‘What's more, she was the only student to graduate from high school in Taloyoak at all.’
      • ‘Approximately 20 % of Smith's students are students of color.’
      • ‘None of the sedentary students participated in organized exercise activities during the preceding year.’
      • ‘I had my best day in June when we awarded a scholarship in my brother's memory to a student at his high school.’
      • ‘During her training, she took one class on teaching students with disabilities.’
      • ‘One third of both male and female high school students reported being currently sexually active.’
      • ‘In the United States, urban public schools are attended primarily by students from various racial minority groups.’
      • ‘Ruby Jane completed elementary school an average student and began high school with a whole new crowd.’
      pupil, schoolchild, schoolboy, schoolgirl, scholar
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    2. 1.2as modifier Denoting someone who is studying in order to enter a particular profession.
      ‘a group of student nurses’
      • ‘It is my dream to see this column included in the syllabus for student doctors and nurses.’
      • ‘It was the right thing to do because all these student leaders do is harass people.’
      • ‘I suspect LamatDance may be student dancers hoping to pass as professionals.’
      • ‘Walking towards the hospital, near to where he'd parked his car, Dan was accosted by two student nurses.’
      • ‘These are challenges that student reporters need to meet to help students pick the best people.’
      • ‘I think one point to make to student writers is that a citation is a map for your reader.’
      • ‘Lorraine is a Donegal lady and a student nurse at Moore Abbey and has entered her final year.’
      • ‘Do you have any advice for budding young student comedians that you'd like to share with Cherwell readers?’
      • ‘She has six brothers and three sisters and is a final year student nurse in London.’
      • ‘There are even fleshy pads in his buttocks and thighs where student nurses can practice giving injections.’
      • ‘In fact, the right wing in the Liberal Party is based around former student politicians.’
      • ‘Graft is the word for two student actors hopelessly devoted to the stage.’
      • ‘Seeing that there were two doctors and two student nurses present, the nurse left.’
      • ‘My wife entered the ward at the same time as a student nurse who was having her first day there.’
      • ‘Lynn, 53, wrote her first piece of poetry when she was 23 and a student nurse in Jersey.’
      • ‘This issue is one of interest to many students but also directly affects student teachers and social workers.’
      • ‘Parents of some student nurses have also made statements about the tutor's conduct.’
      • ‘Most patients were being turned away or given a limited service by student nurses.’
      • ‘Initially the suite will be used to train student doctors and nurses, but will eventually be available to all staff.’
      • ‘She is a student nurse who works with people who have intellectual disabilities.’
      trainee, apprentice, probationer, recruit, novice, learner, mentee, beginner
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    3. 1.3 A person who takes an interest in a particular subject.
      ‘a student of the free market’
      • ‘Another example, of more interest to the student of Spinoza, is our knowledge of the validity of an argument.’
      • ‘Any keen student of media and related industries should be very interested in these stats.’
      • ‘Mr Adams was a keen student of Islamic culture and civilisation, of which he is said to have had a deep understanding.’
      • ‘Dave is a student of the culture, and he's a relentless listener to democracy.’
      • ‘Thus this biography will be of interest to any student of the mid-twentieth century South.’


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