Sense: 1
Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: pupille, from Latin pupillus 'young boy who is looked after', from pupus 'boy'
Sense: 2
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: pupille, from Latin pupilla, from pupa 'girl, doll'; because of the small image of yourself which you can see in someone else's eye


Related topics: Human, School
pu‧pil S2 W1 [countable]
1 especially British EnglishSES someone who is being taught, especially a child:
About 20 pupils study music here.
staff and pupils
a star pupil (=a very good one)
a third-grade pupil
see usage note student
2HBH the small black round area in the middle of your eye [↪ iris]

student, schoolchild, pupil
In British English, a student usually means someone who has finished school and is studying at university We met when we were students. student accommodationChildren who go to school can be called schoolchildren, schoolboys or schoolgirls A group of schoolchildren got on the bus.The children at a particular school can be called its pupils Pupils at the school were sent home early.In American English, student is the usual word for anyone who is studying at school or college.GRAMMAR To say that someone is studying at a particular university, use at She's a student at York University.A student of literature, law etc studies that subject, but it is more usual to say 'a literature/law student'.See also student

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