1. a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil: a student at Yale. 2. any person who studies, investigates, or examines thoughtfully: a student of human nature. 3. a person following a course of study, as in a school, college, university, etc. 4. (as modifier): student teacher. 5. a person who makes a thorough study of a subject. 6. scholar, learner especially : one who attends a school. 7. one who studies : an attentive and systematic observer: a student of politics. Examples: A group of college students; She is a student at Georgetown University. Related Words: undergraduate, scholar, pupil, junior, graduate, observer, learner, novice, skill, docent, disciple, apprentice, sophomore, undergrad, registrant, schoolchild, grad. Synonym Study: scholar. see pupil. Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin student- (stem of studēns), present participle of studēre to take pains; see -ent; replacing Middle English studiant, aphetic variant of estudiant < Old French, noun use of present participle of estudier to study. C15: from Latin studēns diligent, from studēre to be zealous; see study. First Known Use: 15th century. History and Etymology: Middle English, from Latin student-, studens, from present participle of studēre to study — more at study. Source 1, Source 2.