If you teach your best friend how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on the harmonica, then you can call her your student. A student is someone who's learning to do something or who attends a school.

At school, there are students and teachers: the job of the teachers is to instruct the students in various subjects and the students' job is to learn. If you start school as a kindergartner and attend college and graduate school, it's possible that you may be a student for more than 20 years! Even after you finish school, you may still be a student, if you take swimming classes or learn to speak German in your spare time.

Definitions of student

n a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

educatee, pupil
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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
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a person who enrolls in (or is enrolled in) a class or course of study

n a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

bookman, scholar, scholarly person
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The Admirable Crichton
Scottish man of letters and adventurer (1560-1582)
Lorenzo the Magnificent
Italian statesman and scholar who supported many artists and humanists including Michelangelo and Leonardo and Botticelli (1449-1492)
Edmond Malone
English scholar remembered for his chronology of Shakespeare's plays and his editions of Shakespeare and Dryden (1741-1812)
Marcus Terentius Varro
Roman scholar (116-27 BC)
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academician, schoolman
a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
alum, alumna, alumnus, grad, graduate
a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
someone trained in compiling bibliographies
bibliophile, book lover, booklover
someone who loves (and usually collects) books
Cabalist, Kabbalist
a student of the Jewish Kabbalah
Dr., doctor
a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution
a wandering scholar in medieval Europe; famed for intemperance and riotous behavior and the composition of satirical and ribald Latin songs
historian, historiographer
a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it
a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
initiate, learned person, pundit, savant
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
a scholar who knowledgeable in Islamic studies
holds a license (degree) from a (European) university
Masorete, Masorite, Massorete
a scholar who is expert on the Masorah (especially one of the Jewish scribes who contributed to the Masorah)
someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
an Islamic scholar who engages in ijtihad, the effort to derive rules of divine law from Muslim sacred texts
a student of musicology
bookworm, pedant, scholastic
a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
a lover of learning
a specialist in philosophy
post doc, postdoc
a scholar or researcher who is involved in academic study beyond the level of a doctoral degree
a person who enjoys reading
Renaissance man
a scholar during the Renaissance who (because knowledge was limited) could know almost everything about many topics
Renaissance man, generalist
a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests
salutatorian, salutatory speaker
a graduating student with the second highest academic rank; may deliver the opening address at graduation exercises
a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)
Schoolman, medieval Schoolman
a scholar in one of the universities of the Middle Ages; versed in scholasticism
Shakespearean, Shakespearian
a Shakespearean scholar
a student of Chinese history and language and culture
theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer
someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
valedictorian, valedictory speaker
the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement
a scholar of or an authority on the Vedas
a philosopher who subscribes to nativism
a historian who writes annals
art historian
a historian of art
someone who spends a great deal of time reading
someone who writes chronicles
Church Father, Father, Father of the Church
(Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
classical scholar, classicist
a student of ancient Greek and Latin
a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control
Doctor, Doctor of the Church
(Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching
eclectic, eclecticist
someone who selects according to the eclectic method
a philosopher who subscribes to empiricism
a specialist in epistemology
a theologian who specializes in eschatology
aesthetician, esthetician
a philosopher who specializes in the nature of beauty
ethician, ethicist
a philosopher who specializes in ethics
existential philosopher, existentialist, existentialist philosopher
a philosopher who emphasizes freedom of choice and personal responsibility but who regards human existence in a hostile universe as unexplainable
a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) will be fulfilled in the future
a scholiast who writes glosses or glossaries
member of a Hindu sect practicing gymnosophy (especially nudism)
a person of great and varied learning
Ivy Leaguer
a student or graduate at an Ivy League school
someone who believes the doctrine of free will
man of letters
a man devoted to literary or scholarly activities
a philosopher who subscribes to the doctrine of mechanism
a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
an advocate of the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms
someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will
a philosopher who has adopted the doctrine of nominalism
old boy
a former male pupil of a school
philologist, philologue
a humanist specializing in classical scholarship
a philosopher who believes that no single explanation can account for all the phenomena of nature
a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) are being fulfilled at the present time
any philosopher who lived before Socrates
a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) have already been fulfilled
someone who insists on great precision and correctness (especially in the use of words)
a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them
a Scholastic philosopher or theologian
any of a group of Greek philosophers and teachers in the 5th century BC who speculated on a wide range of subjects
a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno
advocate of transcendentalism
one who practices yoga and has achieved a high level of spiritual insight
Karl Popper, Popper, Sir Karl Raimund Popper
British philosopher (born in Austria) who argued that scientific theories can never be proved to be true, but are tested by attempts to falsify them (1902-1994)
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intellect, intellectual
a person who uses the mind creatively

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