non·​grad·​u·​ate | \ ˌnän-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce nongraduate (audio) , -ˌwāt, -ˈgraj-wət \

Definition of nongraduate

: a person who is not a graduate He became a college dropout, though nongraduate may be the more precise term.— David Leonhardt

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Europe’s Populists Are Here to Stay," 14 June 2019 Today, more middle-class jobs for nongraduates are in financial services and health care. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Where to Find a $35,000 Job—Without a Degree," 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, "Where to Find a $35,000 Job—Without a Degree," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of nongraduate

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Nongraduate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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