school·​mate | \ ˈskül-ˌmāt \

Definition of schoolmate

: a companion at school

Examples of schoolmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Many off his schoolmates were protesting the Vietnam War, but Trump took no part in those marches. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "It’s the 50th anniversary of the day Trump left college and (briefly) faced the draft," 20 May 2018 Meanwhile, two weeks earlier, on May 1 at KIPP DC College Preparatory high school in Northeast Washington, one of Tyshon’s friends got into an argument with a female schoolmate. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "A dispute at school, a shooting later and one D.C. teen accused of killing another," 31 May 2018 But the younger Saarinen, considered by schoolmates at Cranbrook to lack the natural confidence of his father, would allay some of that self-concern with a relentless drive. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Buy Photo The best part might have been when Aaron DiClaudio and Haley Burkert walked along the fence, smiles as wide as the football field, and high-fived two dozen of their Delsea schoolmates after competing in the long jump. Phil Anastasia,, "Unified Sports brings out best in everybody | Phil Anastasia," 27 Apr. 2018 Like neighbors could, or friends, schoolmates, former employees or co-workers that could come and do this to you. Howard Reich,, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 In most cases, those who knew were other kids — friends, schoolmates, siblings, and others. Erahm Christopher, Washington Post, "Why do school shootings keep happening? We need to listen.," 20 May 2018 With funding from the Times and from Smith College, Obaid-Chinoy returned to Karachi that summer and put together a production team; her partner was a schoolmate, Mohammad Ali Naqvi, who had taken film classes at the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "An Activist-Filmmaker Tackles Patriarchy in Pakistan," 6 Feb. 2016 Also in attendance will be the six friends and family members invited to be Louis’s godparents, including several long-time family friends and schoolmates, and Kate’s cousin, Lucy Middleton. Melissa Locker, Time, "Here's One Royal Tradition You Won't Be Following. Everyone’s Eating 7-Year-Old Cake at Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'schoolmate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of schoolmate

1563, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about schoolmate

Share schoolmate

Statistics for schoolmate

Last Updated

30 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for schoolmate

The first known use of schoolmate was in 1563

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for schoolmate



English Language Learners Definition of schoolmate

: someone who goes to or went to the same school as you


school·​mate | \ ˈskül-ˌmāt \

Kids Definition of schoolmate

: a fellow student

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on schoolmate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with schoolmate

Spanish Central: Translation of schoolmate

Nglish: Translation of schoolmate for Spanish Speakers

Comments on schoolmate

What made you want to look up schoolmate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


esteemed in general opinion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!