sophomore

noun
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

sophomore

adjective

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

Advertising The 6-foot-4 guard has led Washington in scoring the past two seasons while averaging 16.0 points as a freshman and 16.2 as a sophomore. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: After breakout season, what’s next for UW hoops? Here are 3 storylines to watch," 26 Mar. 2019 Bob Garthwait, the sophomore in the photo is an active alum, the founder of a leadership center on campus and a respected member of the board of trustees. WSJ, "A Second Battle of Gettysburg Over Freedom," 26 Feb. 2019 The freshmen had one IBM PC to share, the sophomores had two, and the remaining computers had been assigned to senior students. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018 Suiting up for Seattle Rotary Style with O’Dea senior Noah Williams and sophomore Paolo Banchero among his teammates, McDaniels was a breakout player. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s the future of basketball’: Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels has become one of the best in nation," 20 Feb. 2019 After studying computer science at University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University, Rinearson was offered an engineering job at the tech startup Medium during her sophomore year. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 Getty ImagesChung Sung-Jun On July 1, 1982, the summer between her freshman and sophomore year of college, Lisa Kohn watched her mother get married. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Grow Up in a Cult," 31 Oct. 2018 Enrollment has increased the past two years and Idaho has the state's highest retention rate from freshman to sophomore year (82 percent), Staben wrote. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "Boosters asked State Board of Education to oust Idaho President Chuck Staben," 25 May 2018 The lackluster sophomore season of HBO’s anthology show True Detective didn’t kill off the franchise, but a third season has been several years coming. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Spies in Disguise, Dogs, and more," 3 Nov. 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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

Noun

1688, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sophomore

Noun

perhaps from Greek sophos wise + mōros foolish

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sophomore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sophomore

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

sophomore

noun
soph·​o·​more | \ ˈsäf-ˌmȯr How to pronounce sophomore (audio) , ˈsä-fə-ˌmȯr\

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

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