un·der·class·man | \ˌən-dər-ˈklas-mən \

Definition of underclassman 

: a member of the freshman or sophomore class in a school or college

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Their roster included 15 underclassmen, including second-team All-Metro goalie Amber Bustard, a first-team selection last season as a sophomore. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "Severna Park graduate Meghan Miller to take over Roland Park lacrosse," 3 July 2018 The boat is basically filled with underclassmen, and there were girls in our junior eight, which placed fifth here, that pushed them. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Mount St. Joseph captures five medals at Stotesbury Cup Regatta," 19 May 2018 The two underclassmen were put together in practice the next season in doubles against older players, and what could have been happenstance turned out to be a winning combination. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Doubles partners good fit for Patrick Henry tennis team," 9 Apr. 2018 Following the 2018 season, Auburn will lose 11 scholarship seniors, with several underclassmen, including Jarrett Stidham, Darius Slayton, Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson, Jamel Dean and Javaris Davis, eligible for the NFL Draft. James Crepea, AL.com, "An early look at Auburn's recruiting needs for National Signing Day in 2019," 8 Feb. 2018 The Eagles started five underclassmen Friday and graduate four seniors. Rob Tate, Houston Chronicle, "Barbers Hill silenced by Forney in 5A softball state semifinal," 1 June 2018 The early-entry deadline for college underclassmen to declare their intent to turn pro is April 10, and while a great number of prospects have already made decisions, there’s still a good chunk of talent yet to announce their plans. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Four Prospects Who Should Test the Waters," 4 Apr. 2018 Bell received an invitation to participate in the U.S. Army All-American national combine, a top honor for underclassmen. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Saved by Bell: His future is football, but Warren Central junior is a hoops standout," 13 Mar. 2018 The Hurricanes return a wealth of underclassman — highlighted by freshman All-Americans Freddy Zamora, Daniel Federman and Isaac Quinones — and bring in a 14-player recruiting class. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "He follows legends, but UM's new baseball coach is ready to 'create our own history'," 19 June 2018

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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

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