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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Wade also played slot cornerback extensively as a redshirt freshman as well and led the Buckeyes with three interceptions. Nathan Baird,, "Ohio State football’s Shaun Wade shows time is now to make impact in secondary," 12 Sep. 2019 Salazar rushed for 508 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman. David Hinojosa,, "Work ethic helped Burbank’s Matthew Salazar become area’s leading rusher," 11 Sep. 2019 Cal coaches were enthused about Craig, who played in nine games last year as a freshman. Ron Kroichick,, "Cal returns to work after big win over Huskies; LT Will Craig out for season," 9 Sep. 2019 Stefanelli, who came to the Green Terror as a freshman in 2014, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Pat Stoetzer,, "McDaniel Notebook: Stefanelli has solid return for Green Terror football," 9 Sep. 2019 Williamson was taken first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA draft after earning Associated Press player of the year honors as a freshman at Duke. CBS News, "Duke investigation finds no evidence Nike paid Zion Williamson," 7 Sep. 2019 Chisholm appeared in all 11 games last year as a freshman for the Flyers, who went 6-5. James Weber,, "Ryle, Cooper record-holders clash for Dayton, Indiana State the day after rivalry game," 6 Sep. 2019 As a freshman, Sanchez began the season at the junior varsity level. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "High School Female Athlete of the Week: Huntington Beach’s Jaclyn Sanchez built to handle the pressure," 6 Sep. 2019 Malzahn thinks it’s probably because Auburn had a freshman QB. Tom Green |, al, "What Gus Malzahn said about Tulane, Bo Nix and more on ‘Tiger Talk’," 5 Sep. 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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