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 Lindsey Federmann, a sophomore from Mercy McAuley, played seven matches as a freshman. James Weber, The Enquirer, "More local high school stars now Division I athletes after Bellarmine moves up," 2 July 2020 As a freshman, the Beavers rarely looked Quitoriano’s way in the passing game. oregonlive, "Oregon State 2020 football position preview: Is Luke Musgrave the Beavers’ next great tight end?," 1 July 2020 Receiver Thomas Johnson, a late add to Sumlin’s 2012 class, disappeared in the middle of his freshman season and wound up back home in Dallas., "A&M’s history of five-star recruits shows too few, too many misses," 30 June 2020 At the Vol football complex the summer before his freshman season, Ainge wore one of his high school baseball shirts when Fulmer walked by. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alot’s happened in the 5,000 days since Alabama last lost to Tennessee," 29 June 2020 Barrett, another Texas high school QB, also tore his ACL his senior year of high school, had surgery and redshirted his freshman season at Ohio State. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Former Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin, once Ryan Day’s pick, ends football career because of injuries," 25 June 2020 Baldwin, a four-star recruit out of Austin-area Lake Travis High School in the Class of 2018, spent his freshman season as a redshirt at Ohio State before making the move to Fort Worth last year. Dallas News, "TCU quarterback Matthew Baldwin retires from football because of injuries," 25 June 2020 Dort declared for the NBA Draft following his freshman season at ASU. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "ASU product Luguentz Dort to multi-year deal with OKC Thunder," 24 June 2020 The outfielder was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in Round 29, or 873rd overall pick, back in 2018 after his freshman season at San Jac. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita’s Soularie signs with Twins to make MLB dream come true," 22 June 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Freshman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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