Pupil meaning

pyo͝opəl
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The definition of a pupil is a student in school.

A first grader attending elementary school is an example of a pupil.

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The opening in the center of the iris through which light enters the eye.
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The apparently black circular opening in the center of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
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(civil law) A minor under the care of a guardian; ward.
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A person, esp. a young person, under the supervision of a teacher or tutor, as in school.
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The contractile circular opening, apparently black, in the center of the iris of the eye.
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The apparently black circular opening in the center of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
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A student under the supervision of a teacher or professor.
  • 1668 December 19, James Dalrymple, “Mr. Alexander Seaton contra Menzies" in The DeciÅ¿ions of the Lords of Council & SeÅ¿Å¿ion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 575
    The Pupil after his Pupillarity, had granted a Diſcharge to one of the Co-tutors, which did extinguiſh the whole Debt of that Co-tutor, and conſequently of all the reſt, they being all correi debendi, lyable by one individual Obligation, which cannot be Diſcharged as to one, and ſtand as to all the reſt.
  • 2013 July 19, Peter Wilby, “Finland spreads word on schools", The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 30:"Š
    Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16. Charging school fees is illegal, and so is sorting pupils into ability groups by streaming or setting.
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(anatomy) The hole in the middle of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to be focused on the retina.

Why did your pupils dilate when you saw me topless? Do you like me or something?

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Pupil is defined as a dark circular opening in the center of the iris in the eye.

An example of the pupil is the center part of the eye that gets smaller when you are exposed to very bright light in order to limit light exposure to the retina.

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A student under the direct supervision of a teacher or professor.
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(law) A minor under the supervision of a guardian.
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Origin of pupil

  • Middle English from Old French pupille from Latin pūpilla little doll, pupil of the eye (from the tiny image reflected in it) pupil1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pupille orphan from Old French from Latin pūpillus diminutive of pūpus boy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman pupille (“orphan"), from Latin pÅ«pillus (“orphan, minor"), variant of pÅ«pulus (“little boy"), from pÅ«pus (“child, boy").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French pupille, from Latin pÅ«pilla (“pupil; little girl, doll"), named because of the small reflected image seen when looking into someone's eye.

    From Wiktionary