pupil

A pupil is an old-fashioned word for a young person attending school, or it can be that black dot in the center of your eye's iris. As a pupil, your pupils may dilate when your teacher dims the lights.

If you are a pupil, you are a learner enrolled in an educational institution. As a pupil, you have mastered the act of looking interested while thinking about the beach. Your pupil is also the aperture or opening in the center of your eye that looks like a big black dot. Dilating pupils are a very subtle sign that you are interested, lying, or pretending — or just trying to see in poor lighting.

Definitions of pupil
  1. noun
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
    synonyms: educatee, student
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    art student
    someone studying to be an artist
    auditor
    a student who attends a course but does not take it for credit
    catechumen, neophyte
    a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
    college boy, college man, collegian
    a student (or former student) at a college or university
    crammer
    a student who crams
    Etonian
    a student enrolled in (or graduated from) Eton College
    Ivy Leaguer
    a student or graduate at an Ivy League school
    law student
    a student in law school
    major
    a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
    medical student, medico
    a student in medical school
    nonreader
    a student who is very slow in learning to read
    overachiever
    a student who attains higher standards than the IQ indicated
    passer
    a student who passes an examination
    scholar
    a student who holds a scholarship
    seminarian, seminarist
    a student at a seminary (especially a Roman Catholic seminary)
    sixth-former
    a student in the sixth form
    skipper
    a student who fails to attend classes
    nonachiever, underachiever, underperformer
    a student who does not perform as well as expected or as well as the IQ indicates
    withdrawer
    a student who withdraws from the educational institution in which he or she was enrolled
    Wykehamist
    a student enrolled in (or graduated from) Winchester College
    college student, university student
    a student enrolled in a college or university
    grad student, graduate student, postgraduate
    a student who continues studies after graduation
    Rhodes scholar
    a student who holds one of the scholarships endowed by the will of Cecil J. Rhodes that enables the student to study at Oxford University
    undergrad, undergraduate
    a university student who has not yet received a first degree
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    enrollee
    a person who enrolls in (or is enrolled in) a class or course of study
  2. noun
    a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
    synonyms: school-age child, schoolchild
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    boarder
    a pupil who lives at school during term time
    day boarder
    a schoolchild at a boarding school who has meals at school but sleeps at home
    latchkey child
    a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
    schoolboy
    a boy attending school
    dayboy
    a day boarder who is a boy
    daygirl
    a day boarder who is a girl
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    spring chicken, young person, younker, youth
    a young person (especially a young man or boy)
  3. noun
    the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot
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    aperture
    a natural opening in something
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