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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Kevin, who is two years younger and was three grades behind, played a handful of games on varsity as a freshman. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 Despite Wolford’s departure, Wake Forest’s playmakers still include sophomore wide receiver Greg Dortch, who decimated Louisville with 10 catches for 167 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) lose to Wake Forest," 9 July 2018 As a freshman, Thompson played as the punter and averaged 34.2 yards per punt. Mark Iandolo,, "Where are they now? Adams, Brogan, Thompson and Yazid," 6 July 2018 Napier played college ball as a freshman with Walker at Connecticut. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "With free-agent guards dwindling, here are 2 remaining options for Charlotte Hornets," 4 July 2018 Virginia Tech also landed 2017 Orlando Dr. Phillips defensive end Robert Porcher IV, who redshirted last season as a freshman. Chris Hays,, "Virginia Tech taps Orlando-area pipeline; Osceola DL Mario Kendricks Jr. commits," 1 July 2018 One freshman senator who speaks with Trump regularly is Rick Scott, R-Fla. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "‘He just picks up’: Trump and the lawmakers he loves to talk to on the phone," 20 Feb. 2019 Many of Ocasio-Cortez's progressive freshmen colleagues are also sponsors, including Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Deb Haaland (NM-01), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), all of whom ran on environmental justice as part of their platforms. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 Social media was instantly infatuated with the freshman congresswoman's latest stylish look—with some likening her to Olivia Pope, donning the figurative white hat. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Perfect White Cape Blazer, We Salute You," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of freshman

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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