jay·​vee ˌjā-ˈvē How to pronounce jayvee (audio)
: a member of a junior varsity team

Examples of jayvee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelley joined the Indians as an eighth-grader playing jayvee, giving DeLoach an opportunity to fulfill the request Steve made during his last days. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, 10 July 2019 Flanked by Ariza and stretch forward Ryan Anderson, Harden and Paul fell behind the jayvee by 25 through three quarters. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, 24 Jan. 2018 The second truth is that Dartmouth’s jayvee team has had a better offense this decade than the Gators. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, 31 Oct. 2017

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Word History


junior varsity

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jayvee was in 1937

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“Jayvee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jayvee. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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