- a student who is taught by a teacher, esp a young student
- a boy under 14 or a girl under 12 who is in the care of a guardian
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Educationa person, usually young, who is learning from or being taught by a teacher at school or a private tutor;
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.
- Educationa person, usually young, who is learning under the close supervision of a teacher at school, a private tutor, or the like;
- Law[Civil Law.]an orphaned or emancipated minor under the care of a guardian.
- Law[Roman Law.]a person under the age of puberty orphaned or emancipated, and under the care of a guardian.
- Latin pūpillus (masculine), pūpilla (feminine) orphan, ward, diminutives of pūpus boy, pūpa girl
- Middle French
- Middle English pupille 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged apprentice, novice. Pupil, disciple, scholar, student refer to a person who is studying, usually in a school. A pupil is one under the close supervision of a teacher, either because of youth or of specialization in some branch of study:a grade-school pupil; the pupil of a famous musician.A disciple is one who follows the teachings or doctrines of a person whom he or she considers to be a master or authority:a disciple of Swedenborg.Scholar, once meaning the same as pupil, is today usually applied to one who has acquired wide erudition in some field of learning:a great Latin scholar.A student is a person attending an educational institution or someone who has devoted much attention to a particular problem:a college student; a student of politics.
pu•pil2 (pyo̅o̅′pəl),USA pronunciation n. [Anat.]
- the expanding and contracting opening in the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina. See diag. under eye.
- Latin pūpilla literally, little doll; for sense compare Greek kórē girl, doll, pupil of the eye, alluding to the tiny reflections visible in the pupils. See pupa
- Middle English 1350–1400
- the dark circular aperture at the centre of the iris of the eye, through which light enters