Meaning of “student” in the English Dictionary

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"student" in British English

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studentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstjuː.dənt/ us /ˈstuː.dənt/

A1 a person who is learning at a college or university:

a graduate/postgraduate student (= one who has completed a first degree)
a full-time/part-time student
a student teacher/nurse/doctor (= a person training to become a teacher, nurse, etc.)
He was a student at the University of Chicago.

mainly US UK usually pupil someone who is learning at a school:

Teachers use a variety of materials to inspire their students.
Students are not allowed to bring mobile phones in to the test.
US The school has 24 students in kindergarten.

If someone is a student of a particular subject, they know about it and are interested in it:

As a nurse, you have to be a student of (= to know and learn about) human nature.

More examples

  • The railcard allows students and young people to travel half-price on most trains.
  • We try to treat our students as individuals.
  • The course is intended for intermediate-level students.
  • I prefer teaching methods that actively involve students in learning.
  • I've got two bright students, but the rest are average.

(Definition of “student” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"student" in American English

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studentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈstu·dənt/ /-dənt/

a person who is studying at a school, college, or university:

He is a student at the University of California.

Someone who is a student of a particular subject is very interested in it:

As a nurse, you get to be a student of human nature.

(Definition of “student” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"student" in Business English

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studentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstjuːdənt/ us

a person who is studying at a college, university, or school:

He was a student at Bristol University.
school/university/college students

someone who knows about a subject and is interested in it, but may not have studied it formally:

a student of sth Any student of the free market would agree that an energy policy risks strangling the development of efficient energy sources.

(Definition of “student” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)