soph·​o·​more | \ ˈsäf-ˌmȯr also ˈsȯf- or ˈsä-fə- or ˈsȯ-fə- How to pronounce sophomore (audio) \

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

Noun She's a sophomore in high school.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So far, Halsey has reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 just once, as their sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuted in first place. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Brophy Prep sophomore Tyler Spielman set a Brophy Prep Invitational record for low score last weekend, shooting 10-under par at the Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 Two years before releasing her sophomore album, 1996's One in a Million, Aaliyah was a teenage wunderkind navigating a debut project to multi-platinum success. Brandon Caldwell,, 26 Aug. 2021 Her sophomore album marked the beginning of her successful and influential career, selling three million copies in the U.S. and more than eight million copies worldwide. Okla Jones, Essence, 20 Aug. 2021 When the title track for Aaliyah’s sophomore album was released, there was nothing quite like it on the radio. Alex Gonzalez, Variety, 20 Aug. 2021 Then the spotlight shone even brighter two years later, when Gibson released her sophomore album Electric Youth. Brianne Tracy,, 19 Aug. 2021 Eilish's sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 238,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 5, according to MRC Data. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 13 Aug. 2021 That couldn’t be further from the truth on Yola’s sophomore album Stand for Myself, which reaches back decades to incorporate funk, disco, R&B, and even Britpop for a set of songs that sounds both strikingly original and wholly classic. Justin Curto, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The Ocean View High softball team had sophomore third baseman Haley Hoskin and sophomore outfielder Ari Hencke make the All-Golden West League first team. Daily Pilot, 20 Aug. 2019 The other Morgan State player chosen to the all-conference first team was sophomore tight end Xavier Gravette. Edward Lee,, 1 Aug. 2019 Most recently, Trixie Mattel topped the Heatseekers Albums chart with her sophomore folk offering One Stone. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, 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,, 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, 17 Feb. 2018

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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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“Sophomore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce sophomore (audio) , ˈsä-fə-ˌmȯr \

Kids Definition of sophomore

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


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