noun, often attributive
fresh·​man | \ ˈfresh-mən How to pronounce freshman (audio) \

Definition of freshman

1 : a student in the first year of high school or college
2 : beginner, newcomer especially : a person who is starting a job or activity freshman lawmakers

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Examples of freshman in a Sentence

My daughter's a freshman at UCLA. He was the best freshman in professional basketball this year.
Recent Examples on the Web Dylan Anderson, a 7-foot 2022 player who has committed to Arizona, came to Perry as a freshman with much hype. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2021 The junior finished third in the state as a freshman but battled injuries throughout this season. Joe Magill, cleveland, 5 June 2021 Big man Jahlil Okafor was the ACC player of the year as a freshman and had a supporting cast of Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones, who played like an upperclassman with backcourt veteran Quinn Cook. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Feliz made the New Mission varsity team as a freshman and began taking his development seriously soon after., 3 June 2021 Hass, who played for the Beavers from 2002-05, started his career as a walk-on, mostly playing special teams as a freshman. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 McWhorter suffered a freak accident and had the outdoor track & field season canceled as a freshman. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2021 Bouknight did, averaging 13 points per game as a freshman. Shawn Mcfarland,, 1 June 2021 But when Johnson left the Crimson Tide, Butler was released from his national letter of intent after enrolling at Alabama as a freshman but never participated in workouts. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of freshman

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of freshman was in 1592

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11 Jun 2021

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“Freshman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freshman

: a student in the first year of high school or college
chiefly US : someone who is starting a job or activity


fresh·​man | \ ˈfresh-mən How to pronounce freshman (audio) \
plural freshmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of freshman

: a first year student in high school or college


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