pupil

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman pupille (orphan), from Latin pūpillus (orphan, minor), variant of pūpulus (little boy), from pūpus (child, boy).

Noun[edit]

pupil (plural pupils)

  1. (law, obsolete) An orphan who is a minor and under the protection of the state.
  2. ​A student under the supervision of a teacher or professor.
    • 1668 December 19, James Dalrymple, “Mr. Alexander Seaton contra Menzies” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion 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: 
      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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Etymology 2[edit]

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From Middle French pupille, from Latin pūpilla (pupil; little girl, doll), named because of the small reflected image seen when looking into someone's eye.

Noun[edit]

pupil (plural pupils)

  1. (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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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pūpilla (little girl), diminutive of pūpa (girl).

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  • IPA(key): /pupil/, [pʰuˈpʰilˀ]

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pupil c (singular definite pupillen, plural indefinite pupiller)

  1. pupil (the hole in the middle of the iris of the eye)

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English pupil, from Middle French pupille, from Latin pūpilla (pupil; little girl, doll).

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pupil (Jawi spelling ڤوڤيل)

  1. (anatomy) pupil (the hole in the middle of the iris of the eye)

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