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

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 On the other is sophomore J.J. McCarthy, a former five-star recruit who served as the backup as a freshman and played well when called upon. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2022 As a freshman at UCLA, Shareef underwent open-heart surgery to treat an ailment in 2019. Natasha Dye,, 26 July 2022 As a freshman at Clemson in 2018, Ross had 46 receptions for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Mark Inabinett |, al, 25 July 2022 As a 14-year-old freshman in 2021, Berry burst onto the high school scene with 30 touchdowns and 2,036 rushing yards in just seven games. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 9 July 2022 No, the Bruins did not make a blockbuster move, but Cutter Gauthier, selected by the Philadelphia Flyers, will hone his skills as a freshman at Boston College in the fall. Andrew Mahoney,, 8 July 2022 Freshman Devin Bragg of Los Alamitos was third in 10.45, the fastest time by a freshman in state history. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 Allison got just that as a freshman in 2019, playing in all 16 games for the Green Terror, scoring 44 goals and recording 47 total points. Alex Murphy, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 As a freshman in 2019, Stokes earned Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors after playing in 13 games (10 starts) and recording 15 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of freshman

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Freshman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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