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"pupil" in British English

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pupilnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpjuː.pəl/
  • pupil noun [C] (STUDENT)

A2 a ​person, ​especially a ​child at ​school, who is being ​taught: a second-year pupil a primary-school pupil The ​school has over 400 pupils. There is a very ​relaxedatmosphere between ​staff and pupils at the ​school. Her ​schoolreportdescribed her as a very ​promising pupil. someone who is being ​taught a ​skill, ​especiallypainting or ​music, by an ​expert: The ​painting is ​believed to be by a pupil of ​Titian.

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  • pupil noun [C] (EYE PART)

the ​circularblackarea in the ​centre of an ​eye, through which ​lightenters: Pupils ​contract in ​brightlight, and ​dilate in ​darkness.
(Definition of pupil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pupil" in American English

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pupilnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpju·pəl/
  • pupil noun [C] (STUDENT)

a ​person who is being ​taught, esp. a ​child at ​school
  • pupil noun [C] (EYE PART)

the ​circular, ​blackarea in the ​center of the ​eye that gets ​larger and ​smaller and ​lets in ​light
(Definition of pupil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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