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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The first three could have well turned pro, at a time when record numbers of underclassmen are leaving early. Brian Costa And Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "To Compete With Alabama, Clemson Became Alabama," 30 Dec. 2018 The Wisconsin junior power forward, who withdrew from the NBA draft, suffered the busted lip going through drills and scrimmaging with other prospects shortly before the May 30 deadline for underclassmen to return to college. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' VR exploration a game-changer for prospects," 9 June 2018 Four underclassmen were regular starters this season, and five more saw regular playing time as reserves. Hunter Tickel, chicagotribune.com, "IC Catholic bows out in 1A supersectional; North Shore moves on to state," 23 May 2018 Draft-eligible underclassmen who narrowly missed the cut here include Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton, Boston College’s Ky Bowman and UCLA’s Jaylen Hands, all of whom are facing decisions in the coming weeks. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Early Look at the Top 30 Prospects," 11 May 2018 Other underclassman include junior F Gabby Liddell, M Ava Schulte, GK Kaylee Purtee, sophomore D Lexis Tomberlin, M Vanessa Bart, Tanner Jarzombek and GK Brooke Beam. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Girls soccer: Panthers look forward to playoff push," 10 Mar. 2018 Nine Duke underclassmen were selected in the past four N.B.A. drafts. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Duke’s Grayson Allen, All Grown Up," 7 Feb. 2018 Against Racine Lutheran, another underclassman did the job. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area boys basketball rankings, players and teams of the week," 5 Feb. 2018 Our voter registration party at lunch brought not just 18-year-old seniors but many 16-year-old underclassmen who were eager to preregister. Michael Pincus, Teen Vogue, "Losing in the Midterm Elections Isn’t the End," 9 Nov. 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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