non·​con·​fer·​ence ˌnän-ˈkän-f(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce nonconference (audio)
: not of, relating to, or occurring within a conference
especially : of, relating to, or involving play between athletic teams that do not belong to the same conference (as in college football or basketball)
nonconference games/opponents
a nonconference victory
… facing a brutal nonconference schedule that included away games against Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky … Tim Crothers

Examples of nonconference in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Blue Devils simply don’t lose nonconference home games — this was their 148th consecutive victory against a non-ACC opponent at Cameron — but there were plenty of teachable moments for Krzyzewski’s young team. Joedy McCreary, The Denver Post, 8 Nov. 2019 The Cardinal have won their past 21 nonconference home games; their last such loss was a 21-14 decision to Notre Dame in 2007. Steve Kroner,, 30 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonconference was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Nonconference.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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