junior varsity


Definition of junior varsity

: a team composed of members lacking the experience or qualification required for the varsity

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Larraz/Marvel The greatest trick Marvel pulled off was turning the X-Men into its junior varsity superhero team. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "House of X restores an air of myth and mystique to Marvel’s Merry Mutants ahead of their arrival in the MCU.," 2 Aug. 2019 As Lake Balboa Birmingham High began practice earlier this week, the junior varsity team that had about 60 freshmen try out last season was down to 45. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Fewer California high school students are playing football," 1 Aug. 2019 The jersey belongs to Peter Noble, who is three years younger than Obama and wore the 23 jersey while playing for the junior varsity team at Punahou. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "President Obama's high school basketball jersey is up for auction," 27 July 2019 Noble wore the 23 jersey while playing for the junior varsity team. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Obama's high school basketball jersey is up for auction," 26 July 2019 After spending 12 years serving as an assistant coach at various local high school programs, Mendez was named junior varsity head coach at Prospect–a Bay Area high school in Saratoga, Calif.–ahead of the 2018 season. Emily Caron, SI.com, "High School Football Coach Without Limbs, Rob Mendez, Receives Jimmy V Award," 10 July 2019 The teenager, who played on Damascus’ junior varsity team, is expected to return to court in two months for sentencing. Dan Morse, baltimoresun.com, "Teen pleads to second-degree rape in Damascus High locker room assaults, people familiar with case say," 7 June 2019 Whether Belmont has a junior varsity team will depend on how many players come out once school begins. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Belmont High football coach Scott McLane finds inspiration in trying times," 19 July 2019 Twelve teams participated in the June 28 freshman competition and 12 junior varsity teams played June 29. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Battle on the Mountain is a success, says coach," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of junior varsity

1902, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of junior varsity

US : a team whose members are less experienced and usually younger than members on a varsity team

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