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

One of the newcomers is Folan’s younger brother, Will, a sophomore receiver, a development Folan says is already pleasing their father, Seamus, to no end. Jake Caccavaro,, "For local football prospects, summer camp is serious stuff," 13 July 2018 Junior Austin Nehls and sophomore Tyson Batiste of the Central Connecticut men's basketball team were recognized on the 2017-18 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, it was announced Friday., "Regional Digest: Altman Anderson First E-Club Hall Inductee," 13 July 2018 He was named honorable mention all-state by the Louisville Courier-Journal as a sophomore and third-team all-state by the same publication as a junior. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Recruiting Trail: Lakota East's Trammel picks NKU soccer," 13 July 2018 Oliver also had 1,071 career points, becoming just the ninth player overall and fifth sophomore to crack the 1,000-point milestone. Keith Pompey,, "Cameron Oliver's summer league play with Sixers is turning heads," 12 July 2018 But considering the fact that Oliver—who had 16.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore—is as dominant or more dominant at Houston than Donald was at Pittsburgh, Oliver might be the surest thing in the draft. Andy Staples,, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 Bearkats recognized include senior right side hitter Ashlyn Jennings, outside hitter/setter Baylee Laskoskie, middle hitter Nene Mbonu and sophomore defensive specialist Devan Taylor. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area volleyball players earn GHVCA preseason honors," 12 July 2018 Tillman, a sophomore, drained one from beyond the NBA arc while unguarded, and rattled in another that hit the front rim and dropped through the net with a shooter’s touch. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan State's Xavier Tillman, Nick Ward stay on floor together?," 12 July 2018 Female students studying computer science made up 21.8 percent of the junior, sophomore and freshman classes combined during the 2017-18 school year, according to a Rose-Hulman press release. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Rose-Hulman professor hopes to get more girls in STEM by studying the Irish," 10 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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