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

JoJo McIntosh and Jordan Miller are both seniors, and third-year sophomore cornerback Byron Murphy could follow Rapp in declaring early for the draft. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Taylor Rapp announces he will enter 2019 NFL draft, forgoing his senior season at Washington," 2 Jan. 2019 Ninety-two sophomores from both biology classes wore wrist monitors for two weeks. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we might want the school day to start later," 12 Dec. 2018 The book begins as the purported journal writings of high school sophomore Xiomara Batista. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 But don't wait for sweater weather to get your pumpkin fix — judging by the success of Summer Fridays' first launch, its sophomore drop is poised to sell out quickly. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Summer Fridays Launches the Pumpkin Overtime Face Mask Just in Time for Fall," 4 Sep. 2018 The chart-topping track was the lead single to his sophomore album, Experiment, which was released in full last week. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Kane Brown Will Perform His Hit Song 'Lose It' on 'The Voice' This Week," 12 Nov. 2018 This week is shaping as a big one for synth-pop act Years & Years, whose top sophomore album Palo Santo is aiming for a high debut on the U.K. chart. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Watch Years & Years Cover Ariana Grande's 'No Tears Left To Cry' For BBC Radio 1," 13 July 2018 Just one month later, Monica also released the track as the lead single from her sophomore album titled The Boy Is Mine. Julia Emmanuele,, "How Many of These Moments Were Actually Shade?," 10 July 2018 The 23,700-student school guarantees on-campus housing for incoming freshmen and sophomores, according to its website, but has few options for upper-level and transfer students. Libby Solomon,, "Towson Marriott contract ends, student housing renovations begin," 5 July 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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