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

Definition of sophomore

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: 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 Youth was sometimes a hindrance for Texas A&M in 2019, but now those freshmen and sophomores have more experience under their belts. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "Texas A&M roster rankings, Nos. 5-1: Will a pair of sophomore RBs help lead the Aggies to success?," 22 May 2020 In 2019, a disproportionate number of test-takers were white, and the majority of students who took the Practice SAT their sophomore and junior years were also white. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Students won't have to take the SAT or ACT to get into the University of California for the next four years," 22 May 2020 Tiawan Mullen, Reese Taylor and Jamar Johnson were each able to compete for playing time in their freshman or sophomore seasons. Stefan Krajisnik, Indianapolis Star, "IU football's secondary has stars in the making, may be one of Big Ten's deepest units," 20 May 2020 Here’s what to know about him ] Jackson expects MSU to use Allen as a receiving tight end in the red zone throughout his freshman and sophomore seasons. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State football TE commit Kameron Allen trusts Mel Tucker with his future," 19 May 2020 Tagovailoa heads to a Maryland team coached by Mike Locksley, who was an offensive coordinator on Alabama's staff in 2017 and 2018 – Tua Tagovailoa's freshman and sophomore seasons. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Former Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa, brother of Tua Tagovailoa, transferring to Maryland," 16 May 2020 The 22-year-old explained how her mental illness became a major issue for her in the summer of 2017 between her freshman and sophomore years at ASU. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Former ASU guard Robbi Ryan goes public with her mental health issues," 16 May 2020 The tournament allows the league to hold an abbreviated sophomore season, and preserves its most important revenue stream: sponsorships. Eben Novy-williams,, "Lacrosse League Replaces Season With Two-Week Quarantine Event," 10 May 2020 The Stewarts Creek Red Hawks went 10-18 last season, counting on talented freshmen and sophomores. al, "Howard Pride leaving Mae Jemison for basketball job in Tennessee," 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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,, "St. Mary’s Jordan Ford, Malik Fitts named to All-WCC first team," 3 Mar. 2020 The student readers will be sophomore Lara Connor and junior Tunji Osho-Williams. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Bush daughters bringing ‘Sisters First’ discussion to Clinton, Quinnipiac professor talks identity politics," 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, "Ocean View softball duo named to All-Golden West League first team," 20 Aug. 2019 The other Morgan State player chosen to the all-conference first team was sophomore tight end Xavier Gravette. Edward Lee,, "Picked to finish eighth in MEAC, Morgan State football aims to ‘go out there and change’ opinions," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sophomore

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


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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