non·​grad·​u·​ate ˌnän-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce nongraduate (audio)
: a person who is not a graduate
He became a college dropout, though nongraduate may be the more precise term.David Leonhardt

Examples of nongraduate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The window is the only chance nongraduate players have to enter. Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2022 There are more women and ethnic minorities in our legislatures than ever before, which should be celebrated, but there have never been fewer nongraduates and people from blue-collar backgrounds. Matthew Goodwin, WSJ, 14 June 2019 Today, more middle-class jobs for nongraduates are in financial services and health care. Lauren Weber, WSJ, 26 July 2017 Despite the shifting composition of well-paying jobs for nongraduates, the division by gender has remained roughly steady over the same period. Lauren Weber, WSJ, 26 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nongraduate was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Nongraduate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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