Definitions for pupilˈpyu pəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person, usu. young, who is learning under the supervision of a teacher at school or a private tutor; student.
Origin of pupil:
1350–1400; pupille < MF < L pūpillus (masc.), pūpilla (fem.) orphan, ward, diminutives of pūpus boy, pūpa girl
the expanding and contracting opening in the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
Origin of pupil:
1350–1400; < L pūpilla lit., little doll; for sense cf. Gk kórē girl, doll, pupil of the eye, alluding to tiny reflections seen in the pupils
student, pupil, educatee(noun)
a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot
schoolchild, school-age child, pupil(noun)
a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the black opening in the center of the eye
Her pupils looked large.
sb who has private lessons from a teacher
a piano teacher and her pupils
a student in a school
There are 30 pupils in the class.
The hole in the middle of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to be focused on the retina.
Origin: From pupille, from pupillus, variant of pupulus, from pupus.
the aperture in the iris; the sight, apple, or black of the eye. See the Note under Eye, and Iris
a youth or scholar of either sex under the care of an instructor or tutor
a person under a guardian; a ward
a boy or a girl under the age of puberty, that is, under fourteen if a male, and under twelve if a female
The pupil is a hole located in the center of the iris of the eye that allows light to enter the retina. It appears black because light rays entering the pupil are either absorbed by the tissues inside the eye directly, or absorbed after diffuse reflections within the eye that mostly miss exiting the narrow pupil. In humans the pupil is round, but other species, such as some cats, have vertical slit pupils, goats have horizontally oriented pupils, and some catfish have annular types. In optical terms, the anatomical pupil is the eye's aperture and the iris is the aperture stop. The image of the pupil as seen from outside the eye is the entrance pupil, which does not exactly correspond to the location and size of the physical pupil because it is magnified by the cornea. On the inner edge lies a prominent structure, the collarette, marking the junction of the embryonic pupillary membrane covering the embryonic pupil.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The aperture in the iris through which light passes.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pupil' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4016
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pupil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4817
Rank popularity for the word 'pupil' in Nouns Frequency: #424
Translations for pupil
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who is being taught by a teacher or tutor
The school has 2,000 pupils.
- alunoPortuguese (BR)
- žák, -yněCzech
- der/die Schüler(in)German
- tanítvány, növendékHungarian
- alunno, scolaroItalian
- 학생, 문하생Korean
- skolēns, skolnieks, skolnieceLatvian
- زده كوونكىPashto
- žiak, -čkaSlovak
- 小學生Chinese (Trad.)
- учень; вихованецьUkrainian
- شاگرد، طالب علمUrdu
- học sinhVietnamese
- 小学生Chinese (Simp.)
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