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.

Primary Meanings of pupil

a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot
Full Definitions of pupil

n a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

educatee, student
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art student
someone studying to be an artist
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
a student who crams
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
a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
medical student, medico
a student in medical school
a student who is very slow in learning to read
a student who attains higher standards than the IQ indicated
a student who passes an examination
a student who holds a scholarship
seminarian, seminarist
a student at a seminary (especially a Roman Catholic seminary)
a student in the sixth form
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
a student who withdraws from the educational institution in which he or she was enrolled
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
Type of:
a person who enrolls in (or is enrolled in) a class or course of study

n a young person attending school (up through senior high school)

school-age child, schoolchild
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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)
a boy attending school
a day boarder who is a boy
a day boarder who is a girl
Type of:
spring chicken, young person, younker, youth
a young person (especially a young man or boy)

n the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot

Type of:
a natural opening in something

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