class·​mate | \-ˌmāt \

Definition of classmate 

: a member of the same class in a school or college

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The musician Marshal Royal, given the task of finding a last-minute replacement tenor for Hampton’s band, called the 17-year-old Dexter, who was both the son of Royal’s doctor and the classmate of his younger brother. Clifford Thompson, WSJ, "‘Sophisticated Giant’ Review: Long Tall Tenor Man," 1 Nov. 2018 Dixon was accused by a 15-year-old classmate of raping her in 2003. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Some blacks see a racial double standard in Kavanaugh case," 2 Oct. 2018 The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the FBI, as part of that investigation, has reached out to Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The FBI has reportedly reached out to Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser," 29 Sep. 2018 However, a woman, Leland Ingham Keyser, a former classmate of Ford's at the Holton-Arms all-girls school in Maryland, has since been identified by Ford as the fourth witness at the party. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Rachel Mitchell, prosecutor experienced in sex-crimes cases, to question Kavanaugh and Ford, Grassley announces," 27 Sep. 2018 The video captured by a classmate of the incident went viral. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 Prosecutors say Hill -- a classmate of the 18-year-old victim -- picked up the victim at a McDonald's on the eve of the 2017 new year in northwest suburban Streamwood, and drove him around for three days, reported CBS Chicago. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man sentenced for hate crime in live-streamed beating of mentally disabled teen," 6 July 2018 The couple met in Washington in 2015, after being introduced by Mr. Munn, a colleague of Mr. Hall’s and a former classmate of Mr. Nannes. New York Times, "Bryce Hall, Marshall Nannes," 1 July 2018 The suit, which was later dismissed, centered around an article the Capital Gazette had run in 2011 that covered a criminal harassment case against Ramos, who had reportedly harassed a former classmate of his. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "What You Need to Know About the 'Capital Gazette' Mass Shooting," 29 June 2018

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1713, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of classmate

: a member of the same class in a school, college, or university


class·​mate | \ˈklas-ˌmāt \

Kids Definition of classmate

: a member of the same class in a school or college

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