Virtually everyone uses the word “student”; however, not everyone knows the word’s origin. Nonetheless, as a student; you should endeavour to find out the source of what you are called.

The word “student” has its root connected to two different languages-Latin and Old French. The word “studens” or “studio” in Latin can be regarded as the root word of student or “estudiant” from Old French. In some advanced etymological studies, the word is also linked to the Greek word “log” which stands for “word” in English but has an alternate meaning of “study of” in suffixology and is used in words like methodology (study of methods), biology (study of life), psychology (study of the human mind), and so on.

For further understanding of the word, let us consider the word extensively in the English rudiment.

Overview Of The Word “Student” In English

The word “student” in English is a naming word (noun) with its verbal and adjectival forms “study” and “studious” respectively. It is an irregular verb with a past tense “studied” and has its plural formed with an addition of “ies” to give “studies”. The word is transcribed /stju: dənt/ in a British accent and /stu. dənt/ in American diction.

Definition Of “Student” In English

According to the Dictionary, a student is a person who is formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college. The word “student” is generally attributed to anyone who acquires knowledge in a particular field usually a formal one.

Therefore, if you have always thought that only young lads in school uniforms or anyone enrolled in education institutes can be addressed as a “student”; this may be the right time to change your perspective.

Which Other Words Can I Use To Replace “Student” In A Sentence?

The word “student” might sound too familiar; making a synonym just the right word to use in such a situation. A synonym is a word that is nearest in meaning to another word since no two words in English can have exact meanings. Here are some synonyms of the word “student” derived from its usage in English:

• Pupil

• Disciple

• Learner

• Scholar

• Devotee

Usage Of “Student” In English

The meaning of the word “student” can vary depending on the field it is being used. It usually involves altering the word to a synonym while retaining the relationship of the word to knowledge acquisition. Here are some examples of how “student” and its synonyms are used in English.

Scholar: A student of broad knowledge in a college or having a scholarship.

Pupil: A student under the supervision of a teacher in lower classes

Apprentice: A student who learns from a master to acquire skills in a trade.

Disciple: A follower who learns from teachings relating to religion or philosophy.

Antonym Of “Student”

Antonyms imply words that are opposite or almost opposite to a  word. It is confusing to give the word “student” an exact opposite word; although the word “teacher” is considered most suitable. Since if you are not learning then it is assumed that you should be teaching. But, what do we call someone who is not willing to study? At least “not studying” also has an opposite meaning to ‘studying’.

You can use a couple of words to represent this- ignorant, uneducated, unskilled, and illiterate. Altogether, the antonyms of students can be said to include:

• Teacher

• Ignorant

• Illiterate

• Uneducated

• Unskilled

Description Of A student

A student can be identified through various physical qualities and personality traits. However, it is not a must you possess all these qualities as a student since some of them might be related to your normal behaviour. In general, a student is someone keen to seek and acquire more knowledge in a particular field whether formal or informal and can also possess some additional qualities. The following are some qualities of a student:

Focus: This is the ability of a student to concentrate on his ambitions and studies.

Attentiveness: This is the ability of a student to listen whenever another person is speaking. Exceptional students are great listeners.

Ambitious: A student should have a goal in life which can be long-term, medium-term, or short-term. A long-term ambition can be related to his/her career while the medium-term can be to pass distinctively during the examinations. The short-term ambition, on the other hand, could be to score high on a periodic class test.

Inquisitiveness: A student should be willing to know more and ask reasonable questions that contribute to this.

Active: An active student is energetic and can participate in extra curriculum activities. An adage goes thus, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy”; active students are not Jack.

Sophisticated: A student should be updated and exposed to the latest development around the world especially, those relating to technology and education.

Reserved: A student should be calm and quiet as this will enhance the learning ability of such a student.

Eloquent: A student should be outspoken and able to express himself at all times, however; it is normal for you to be shy in such circumstances. For instance, a student might be suffering from stage phobia; the most important is to try to overcome the fear.

Modest: A student should not live an extravagant life and should not be excessive in anything he/she does.

Responsible: A student should be able to account for his/her actions regardless of the repercussion of such actions.

Punctuality: A good student keeps to time and avoids lateness at all costs.

Neatness: A student should be approachable and always look clean.


The word “student” is ubiquitous, and it is essential to know the root of such a word. The word has been linked to three basic languages, and you are free to select the one that best explains the word to you.

For instance, I will personally connect Old French “estudiant” and Latin “studens” to a student as a person and the Greek “log” to student as a verb (study).


1. What is the base word for “student”?

  • The base word for “student” is Latin “studens” or Old French “estudiant”

2. What type of word is “student”?

  • The word “student” is a noun

3. What is the verb for “student”?

  • The verb form of “student” is “study”

4. What is the root word for “study of”?

  • The root word for “study of” is Greek “log”

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