Synonyms for pupilˈpyu pəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. student, pupil, educatee(noun)

    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

    Synonyms:
    bookman, scholar, schoolchild, scholarly person, student, school-age child, educatee, pupil

  2. pupil(noun)

    the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot

    Synonyms:
    school-age child, educatee, student, schoolchild

  3. schoolchild, school-age child, pupil(noun)

    a young person attending school (up through senior high school)

    Synonyms:
    school-age child, schoolchild, student, educatee, pupil

English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald

  1. pupil

    The primary sense of a scholar is one who is being schooled; thence the word passes to denote one who is apt in school work, and finally one who is thoroughly schooled, master of what the schools can teach, an erudite, accomplished person: when used without qualification, the word is generally understood in this latter sense; as, he is manifestly a scholar. Pupil signifies one under the close personal supervision or instruction of a teacher or tutor. Those under instruction in schools below the academic grade are technically and officially termed pupils. The word pupil is uniformly so used in the Reports of the Commissioner of Education of the United States, but popular American usage prefers scholar in the original sense; as, teachers and scholars enjoyed a holiday. Those under instruction in Sunday-schools are uniformly designated as Sunday-school scholars. Student is applied to those in the higher grades or courses of study, as the academic, collegiate, scientific, etc. Student suggests less proficiency than scholar in the highest sense, the student being one who is learning, the scholar one who has learned. On the other hand, student suggests less of personal supervision than pupil; thus, the college student often becomes the private pupil of some instructor in special studies. For disciple, etc., compare synonyms for ADHERENT.

    Synonyms:
    disciple, learner, savant, scholar, student

    Antonyms:
    dunce, fool, idiot, idler, ignoramus, illiterate person

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