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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Former Waggener High School football star Jairus Brents, an incoming freshman at Louisville, is still awaiting academic clearance from the NCAA, according to his trainer Chris Vaughn. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Former Waggener star Jairus Brents enrolls, awaiting NCAA clearance," 13 July 2018 The 6-7 Hughes, after averaging 8.9 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman, is already receiving high-major interest. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Talented core hopes to put Lawrence North basketball back on top," 11 July 2018 Grier first popped on the radar in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, winning the job at Florida and showing a ton of promise early. Albert Breer,, "Which Quarterbacks Will Rise to the Top of the 2019 NFL Draft Class?," 10 July 2018 The then-freshman picked up the football on a botched punt and returned it for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 27-23 win over the Wolverines. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Michigan State football hero to join US Air Force," 6 July 2018 His first day as a freshman, little Eamon probably was the only kid at Sacred Heart who paid his own tuition — $835. Scott Ostler,, "Going back decades, ballpark vendors share tales from the aisles," 4 July 2018 Gulbis, who made the boys golf team as a freshman at Granite Bay High School, became heavily involved in the sport early on while practicing at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex and other area courses. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Sacramento's Natalie Gulbis on LPGA comeback trail – and has a tee time with Steph Curry," 29 June 2018 But getting the chance, as a high school freshman, to meet LaFace Records head of promotion Shanti Das at a career-planning class and then shadow her for a day inspired her to take a label internship. Billboard, "How Ethiopia Habtemariam Became Universal Music Group's Most Powerful African-American Woman: 'I Love Proving People Wrong'," 28 June 2018 Burroughs and Burbank each compete in 21 sports, according to the latest CIF Southern Section figures, and field freshman, junior varsity and varsity squads that all contend within the Pacific League. Andrew J. Campa,, "Bertram, Madrigal to represent Burbank, Burroughs in Pacific League," 27 June 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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