col·​le·​gian kə-ˈlē-j(ē-)ən How to pronounce collegian (audio)
: a student or recent graduate of a college

Examples of collegian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Risner played both guard and tackle as a collegian at Kansas State. Christopher Price,, 14 Sep. 2023 Saturday's foe, Eastern Kentucky's Parker McKinney, needs just 105 passing yards to reach 10,000 as a collegian. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2023 The 5-foot-7-inch, 195-pounder out of Coastal Carolina rushed for 2,691 yards as a collegian, and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Christopher Price,, 12 Aug. 2023 Kuest is 17 under, tying the 36-hole mark of former teammate Patrick Fishburn, who went on to post a final-round 63 in dominating the Utah Open as a collegian in 2017. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2020 The Dawgs won 85-53, but in his second game as a collegian, Hunter scored 14 points (four 3s) and had four assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Apr. 2023 And now that college athletes are allowed to earn money through N.I.L. deals, top collegians are sticking around longer and are more visible. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2023 Only two Americans were faster in 200 freestyle than Texas collegian. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Aug. 2021 The 53-year-old native of Canada, who won a national championship as a collegian at Maine, played for five NHL teams before working his way up the coaching ladder from college to the pros. Tara Sullivan,, 25 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collegian was in the 15th century

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“Collegian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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col·​le·​gian kə-ˈlē-jən How to pronounce collegian (audio)
: a college student

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