freshman

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

Definition of freshman

1 : a first-year student

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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.

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While the new Democratic majority is often seen as pushing the House leftward, many of the freshmen are actually moderates from districts won by Trump in 2016. Washington Post, "House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign," 18 July 2019 Its filing with the FEC showed DeLauro’s campaign had contributed to the re-election efforts of about a dozen House Democratic freshmen, including Hayes. Ana Radelat, courant.com, "Jahana Hayes outpaces other Connecticut House Democrats in fundraising," 17 July 2019 In racist tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump almost certainly was referring to this group of liberal House freshmen whose elections in 2018 helped return the chamber to Democratic control. Laurie Kellman, Fortune, "‘The Squad.’ These Are the 4 Congresswomen Trump Is Targeting," 15 July 2019 Trump's tweets targeted a group of liberal freshmen who have been feuding with Pelosi, including Reps. oregonlive.com, "Trump steps up attack on minority congresswomen, saying they ‘hate our country’," 15 July 2019 In racist tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump almost certainly was referring to this group of liberal House freshmen whose elections in 2018 helped return the chamber to Democratic control. Laurie Kellman, Twin Cities, "A look at the ‘squad’ (including Ilhan Omar) that Trump targeted in racist tweets," 15 July 2019 The quartet of freshmen have succeeded in drawing attention to liberal ideas like the Green New Deal that are shaping the party’s presidential primary. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Sharp Message for Democrats Finds Receptive Audience," 10 July 2019 Smith is the first of two freshmen included on this list, and as the No. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Biggest Snubs From SI's 2019 College Football Top 100," 8 July 2019 In 2015, a review of studies found that more than 60% of freshmen gained an average of 7.5 pounds. Arman Azad, CNN, "Men gain twice as much weight as women during freshman year, study finds," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of freshman

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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freshman

noun

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

freshman

noun
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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