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
  1. noun
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
    synonyms: 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
    a current or former student at an expensive preparatory school
    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
  2. noun
    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
    synonyms: 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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