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schoolchild

noun
     
Related topics: School
school‧child plural schoolchildren [countable]
SES a child attending school
see usage note studentWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

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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