Definition of schoolchild noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskuːltʃaɪld//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskuːltʃaɪld//
(pl. schoolchildren
BrE BrE//ˈskuːltʃɪldrən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskuːltʃɪldrən//
(informal schoolkid) Teaching and learning, People in schools
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a child who attends school Younger schoolchildren will receive free milk and fruit. Synonymsstudentpupil schoolboy/​schoolchild/​schoolgirlThese are all words for a child that attends school.student a person who is studying in a school, especially an older child:Students are required to be in school by 8.30. Any high school student could tell you the answer.pupil (British English) a person who is being taught, especially a child in a school:The school has over 850 pupils. Pupil is used only in British English and is starting to become old-fashioned. Student is often preferred, especially by teachers and other people involved in education, and especially when talking about older children.schoolboy/​schoolgirl/​schoolchild a boy, girl or child who attends school:Since she was a schoolgirl she had dreamed of going on the stage. These words emphasize the age of the children or this period in their lives; they are less often used to talk about teaching and learning:an able schoolboy/​schoolgirl/​schoolchildPatterns a(n) good/​bright/​able/​brilliant/​star/​outstanding student/​pupil a naughty schoolboy/​schoolgirl/​schoolchild a disruptive student/​pupil a(n) ex-/former student/​pupil a school student/​pupil to teach students/​pupils/​schoolboys/​schoolgirls/​schoolchildren See related entries: Teaching and learning, People in schools
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