noun, often attributive
fresh·​man | \ˈfresh-mən \

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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Not yet ready for primetime, but getting there The 24-point blowout allowed Hopkins to empty the bench for the first time this season and get an extended look at freshmen Jamal Bey and Bryan Penn-Johnson. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from UW Huskies’ 83-59 win over Eastern Washington," 28 Nov. 2018 Of course, most thrilling of all was seeing these cool new freshmen friends do their jobs. Bridget Read, Vogue, "2018’s Biggest Instagram Influencers Are These Congressional Freshmen Women," 21 Nov. 2018 After a wild fraternity party, a college freshman is found dead. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Next Week's 'Blue Bloods' Episode Reveals That Frank Reagan Is Battling a Serious Lawsuit," 26 Oct. 2018 Back at Stanford University in 1998, Sterling and Ryan were just two college freshmen trying to make the school play Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown and His Wife Once Broke Up for the "Craziest" Reason," 17 Sep. 2018 Season two will consist of 10 episodes — up from six in its freshman run. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 Additionally, Patterson believes the NCAA should not allow freshmen to transfer. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Gary Patterson rips into new NCAA rule. ‘That’s stupid.’," 13 July 2018 Sophomore Devon Modster and Michigan transfer Wilton Speight have the most experience, but freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to eventually take over the offense. Matt Murschel,, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 The freshman congressman grilled former FBI agent Peter Strzok at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday about anti-Trump texts Strzok sent while leading an investigation into Hillary Clinton. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump endorses Florida congressman Matt Gaetz with tweet from London," 13 July 2018

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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

: someone who is starting a job or activity


fresh·​man | \ˈfresh-mən \
plural freshmen\-​mən \

Kids Definition of freshman

: a first year student in high school or college

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