soph·​o·​more | \ˈsäf-ˌmȯr also ˈsȯf- or ˈsä-fə- or ˈsȯ-fə- \

Definition of sophomore 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a student in the second year at college or a 4-year secondary school



Definition of sophomore (Entry 2 of 2)

: being or associated with the second in a series their sophomore album

Examples of sophomore in a Sentence


She's a sophomore in high school.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This season, Southington had a talented but inexperienced team of mostly sophomores and freshmen. Lori Riley,, "Southington's Janette Wadolowski Named Courant Female Athlete Of The Year," 11 July 2018 If that frustrating freshman year leads to sophomore and junior seasons for Harris that come close to the ones Henry had, Harris and the Tide will be thrilled. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 How Kentucky can lose to Vanderbilt Shurmur averaged 50 more passing yards per game as a junior than a sophomore and threw 17 more touchdowns last season than his first year as the full-time starter in 2016. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Vanderbilt," 8 July 2018 The Texas A&M-International signee started out at Atascocita, spent her sophomore and junior seasons at Kingwood, after moving in with mom, then transferred back to Atascocita after Hurricane Harvey. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita's Jenika Lombrana named All-Greater Houston softball pitcher of year," 29 June 2018 When the high school tasked its sophomores to read Beah’s heart-wrenching memoir over the summer of 2015, 10th-grade English teacher Kimberly Dickstein pondered how to best bring such a harrowing tale home to her students. Will Feuer,, "He was a child soldier. Now he's hoping to earn a Master's from Emory, and some Haddonfield students are here to help," 24 June 2018 After starting two games as a freshman, Maten started 86 of 88 games the next three seasons, making Second Team All-SEC as a sophomore and First Team All-SEC as a junior and senior. Mark Spezia, Detroit Free Press, "Bloomfield Hills' Yante Maten praying, preparing for life in NBA," 19 June 2018 Schuld was on the hard luck end of state championship losses her sophomore and junior seasons to Hamilton. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Pinnacle's Marissa Schuld named Gatorade Arizona Softball Player of the Year," 4 June 2018 The Aggies, who were coming off an 0-2 showing in the College World Series a year ago, started four juniors, three sophomores and a freshman around Chafin in the finale. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "BBC Austin Regional Sider 6-4," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Most recently, Trixie Mattel topped the Heatseekers Albums chart with her sophomore folk offering One Stone. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "'RuPaul's Drag Race': The Season 10 Cast Picks the Best Alumni of All Time," 4 Apr. 2018 On the verge of twin wins is sophomore teammate Stephan Lukashev, second in both the 50 free (21.28) and the 100 free (46.97) a year ago. Glae Thien,, "Swimming preview: top competitors, season story lines," 14 Mar. 2018 But the offensive star for MU was sophomore wing Sacar Anim, who had a collegiate-high 26 points. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MU 90, Creighton 86: Golden Eagles storm back in second half," 17 Feb. 2018 So was sophomore wing V.J. King and freshman guard Darius Perry. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "With their ‘backs against the wall’ after loss to Syracuse, Cards must keep fighting," 6 Feb. 2018 The usual suspects provided the sharpshooting from long distance: senior guard Andrew Rowsey was 5 of 6, sophomore guard Markus Howard 4 of 9 and sophomore wing Sam Hauser was 4 of 5. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette's sharpshooters overcome early foul trouble against Wisconsin," 9 Dec. 2017 Erin was able to play her sophomore season at Granite Hills in ’15, but her medical problems weren’t over. John Maffei,, "Granite Hills senior determined to stay on the field," 9 Oct. 2017 Today, Zordich explained how sophomore cornerback Lavert Hill had established himself as a starter at one spot -- but the other job remained completely open. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Michigan defensive back Keith Washington to transfer," 21 Aug. 2017 Named to the second team was sophomore outfielder/pitcher Sydney Jones, while freshman catcher/second baseman Arlene Osnaya and freshman infielder Kristal Bendfelt garnered honorable mention. Staff Reports, Glendale News-Press, "Sports Briefs: Former St. Francis High standout dominates on mound," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of sophomore


1688, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sophomore


perhaps from Greek sophos wise + mōros foolish

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English Language Learners Definition of sophomore

: a student in the second year of high school or college


soph·​o·​more | \ˈsäf-ˌmȯr, ˈsä-fə-ˌmȯr\

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: a student in the second year of high school or college

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