co·​ed | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)ed How to pronounce coed (audio) \

Definition of coed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat old-fashioned
: a female student in a coeducational institution



Definition of coed (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a coed
2 : of or relating to coeducation a coed college
3 : open to or used by both men and women a coed softball team

Examples of coed in a Sentence

Adjective The college became coed this year. The softball team is coed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Track and field New Lenox: Providence Catholic High School, 1800 W. Lincoln Hwy., will host a coed track and field camp, open to kids in grades four to nine, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 9 to 12. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Sports calendar," 3 July 2018 Six star Brianne Davis and husband Mark Gantt, who are expecting their first child together, were the guests of honor Saturday at a coed baby shower at a family friend’s home in Los Angeles. Anya Leon,, "Party Animals! Inside the Critter-Themed Baby Shower for Brianne Davis," 8 Mar. 2018 Today's workplaces are more coed than ever, so why prepare for them at an all-girls school? Grant Segall,, "Fran Bisselle, one of 15 blended sibs, leads our longest-running prep school for girls: My Cleveland (photos)," 11 Jan. 2018 Princeton started admitting women as undergraduates in 1969, going coed 23 years after its bicentennial. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "How an Ivy got less preppy: Princeton draws surge of students from modest means," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of coed


circa 1878, in the meaning defined above


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coed


short for coeducational student

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“Coed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, somewhat old-fashioned : a female student at a college that has both male and female students



English Language Learners Definition of coed (Entry 2 of 2)

US : having or including both men and women

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