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 also  ˈsȯf-,
 or  ˈsä-fə-,
ˈsȯ-fə- How to pronounce sophomore (audio)
: a student in the second year at college or a 4-year secondary school


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

Examples of sophomore in a Sentence

Noun She's a sophomore in high school.
Recent Examples on the Web
After Saturday’s game, or following the semifinal if Boston College loses, Smith could announce his intention to return to school for his sophomore season in Chestnut Hill — or sign a contract with the Sharks and turn professional right away. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 11 Apr. 2024 Last month, Morris announced the 2024 RSVP Redux Tour in celebration of the 5th anniversary of her beloved, sophomore album Girl. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 The former four-star recruit began his collegiate career at Maryland before transferring to Happy Valley as a sophomore. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 The 2022 15th-round pick made a lone appearance in Double-A during his sophomore season last summer. Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman, 9 Apr. 2024 Arkansas sophomore Lauren Williams won the vault title with a perfect landing on her Yurchenko 1 1/2 in the anchor position and sophomore Cally Swaney captured the balance beam with a 9.925, tying her career high. Tom Murphy,, 5 Apr. 2024 In 2010, Vampire Weekend suddenly became the biggest rock band in America, with a chart-topping sophomore album and a song placement in a Honda commercial that could not be forgotten, forgiven or escaped. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 The supernatural action comedy will fall to second in its sophomore outing, projecting a $15.5 million gross for the three-day frame. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 30 Mar. 2024 That was the case for the Vanguards, who scored two runs on errors followed by a two-run single from sophomore Jocelyn Alatorre, lifting El Modena to a 4-3 victory over the Griffins, who had won 10 in a row coming into the contest. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, 30 Mar. 2024
Lim scored 15, Tanger 14 and sophomore big man Nick Mego had 10. Glenn Reeves, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 Also in that mix will be sophomore Lincoln Kienholz and heralded QB recruit Air Noland, who is already on campus. Mitch Stacy, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 The 34-year-old Kansas City Chiefs star lent his vocal talents to A Philly Special Christmas, the Philadelphia Eagles' musical trio's sophomore Christmas album. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Sunday, the Bulldogs secured a commitment from sophomore Central Arkansas transfer Camren Hunter. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Apr. 2023 The scrimmage starters from tackle to tackle were sophomore Christian Jones, juniors Cade Bennett, Dean Abdullah and Thomas Mirabella and redshirt freshman Drew Azzopardi. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2023 Hoover super-sophomore Reniya Kelly led all scorers with 23 points while Aniya Hubbard added 10 points. Dennis Victory, al, 23 Jan. 2021 The lone player from a Bay Area school who made the 10-woman All-WCC first team was sophomore guard Sam Simons of St. Mary’s. Steve Kroner,, 3 Mar. 2020 The student readers will be sophomore Lara Connor and junior Tunji Osho-Williams. Carole Goldberg,, 5 Nov. 2019

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Word History



perhaps from Greek sophos wise + mōros foolish

First Known Use


1688, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sophomore was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Sophomore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a student in his or her second year at a 4-year high school or college
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