variants or first year
plural first-years or first years
: a student in the first year (as at a high school or college) : a first-year student
Experts say fledgling first-years can expect to experience the thrill of autonomy, of being in the driver's seat for what may be the first time ever.Jan McCoy Ebbets

Examples of first-year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bucks hired first-year head coach Adrian Griffin and got off to a 30-13 start to the season. Brian Sampson, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Skinny: Smith looked like a promising first-year player in training camp but couldn’t capture a consistent role on defense, even as injuries cut into the team’s depth. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 The month of practices will be critical for Lynn and first-year assistants Matt Entz (linebackers), Eric Henderson (defensive line) and Doug Belk (secondary) to lay the foundation for a long-term defensive rebuild. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Three of those first-year players — power forward Amani Watts, small forward Hillary Howard, and point guard Sariyah Waller — have started with junior shooting guard Amya Durham and senior combo guard Bethani Newbold, the only returning starter. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 No first-year Charlotte coach has had a better record than Fearne through his first 23 games since Bobby Lutz in 1998-99. Langston Wertz Jr., Charlotte Observer, 12 Feb. 2024 In some years, as in 2016 and 2018, no artist warrants a first-year induction, but there are usually at least one or two. Al Shipley, SPIN, 10 Feb. 2024 In late October, the Badgers came to Minneapolis with their first-year coach and won a pair of road games. Jess Myers, Twin Cities, 2 Feb. 2024 The fellow first-year team played two matches last week while the Mojo, a professional indoor volleyball franchise owned by beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh Jennings, were still preparing for their opener. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first-year was in 1986

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“First-year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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