WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pu•pil1 /ˈpyupəl/USA pronunciation n. [countable]

    Educationa person, usually young, who is learning from or being taught by a teacher at school or a private tutor;
    student.

pu•pil2 /ˈpyupəl/USA pronunciation n. [countable]

    the opening in the iris of the eye that narrows and widens as more or less light passes through to the retina.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pupil /ˈpjuːpəl/ n
  1. a student who is taught by a teacher, esp a young student
  2. a boy under 14 or a girl under 12 who is in the care of a guardian
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin pupillus an orphan, from pūpus a child
pupil /ˈpjuːpəl/ n
  1. the dark circular aperture at the centre of the iris of the eye, through which light enters
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin pūpilla, diminutive of pūpa girl, puppet; from the tiny reflections in the eye



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