Meaning of “truant” in the English Dictionary

"truant" in British English

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truantnoun

uk /ˈtruː.ənt/ us /ˈtruː.ənt/

[ C ] a child who is regularly absent from school without permission:

Police reports showed that the vast majority of crime committed by children was carried out by truants.
play truant UK US usually play hooky

to be regularly absent from school without permission:

Most parents are horrified when they discover their children have been playing truant from school.

truantverb [ I ]

uk /ˈtruː.ənt/ us /ˈtruː.ənt/ UK

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

"truant" in American English

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truantnoun [ C ]

us /ˈtru·ənt/

someone who is absent from school without permission

truancy
noun [ U ] us /ˈtru·ən·si/

Truancy is a serious problem in many schools.

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