siz·​ar ˈsī-zər How to pronounce sizar (audio)
variants or less commonly sizer
: a student (as in the University of Cambridge) who receives an allowance toward college expenses and who originally acted as a servant to other students in return for this allowance

Word History


sizar alteration of sizer, from size entry 1

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sizar was in 1588

Dictionary Entries Near sizar

Cite this Entry

“Sizar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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