col·​le·​gian | \ kə-ˈlē-j(ē-)ən How to pronounce collegian (audio) \

Definition of collegian

: a student or recent graduate of a college

Examples of collegian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those collegians who never got a full look _ or even a slight glance _ from NFL teams because of the coronavirus pandemic could wind up sinking in the draft, or falling out of it completely. Dallas News, "5 reasons for pessimism about North Texas football in 2020, including no more Mason Fine," 7 May 2020 Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is a contender for the U.S. men's basketball team, which likely would have faced sending collegians to an Olympics this summer due to a possible conflict with resumption of the NBA season. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Impending Olympics postponement impacts wide range of Arizona athletes," 23 Mar. 2020 In Boston, Oregon runners such as Cooper Teare and James West will be able to test test themselves against some of the sport’s top post-collegians. oregonlive, "The Oregon Ducks aren’t invested in the MPSF Indoor Track Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 Feb. 2020 The Boys of Winter, the irrepressible collegians-next-door, weren’t expected to do anything in the Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y., except go home early. John Powers,, "Reflections on covering a miracle in Lake Placid 40 years ago," 18 Feb. 2020 Then came a lost decade when the Great Eight sculling all-stars or collegians took the trophy as US Rowing either sent development boats or nobody at all., "Time was when the Head Of The Charles Regatta was Uncle Sam’s victory lap, a chance for the men’s eight to show the flag and give everyone else a world-class tutorial. Between 1994 and 2007 the star-spangled boat won the championship event 11 times, nine of them in a row.," 21 Oct. 2019 Back in the ’30s, when the college game was ascendant, the collegians vs. pros matchup was a way to showcase the NFL and promote the amateur stars who were making the jump to the professional ranks., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Some scouts think Bryan, at 291 pounds with a sub-5.0 40 time, will be a better pro than collegian. Peter King,, "Monday Morning Mock Draft: Darts, Deals & Wild Guesses," 23 Apr. 2018 That meant the decisions focused largely on collegians selected in the 2016 draft, high schoolers drafted in 2015 and international players acquired during the 2015-16 signing period. Henry Schulman,, "Giants decline to protect prospects eligible for Rule 5 draft, keep 40-man as is," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of collegian

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Collegian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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