un·​der·​class·​man ˌən-dər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce underclassman (audio)
: a member of the freshman or sophomore class in a school or college

Examples of underclassman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A couple of underclassmen were crucial to the win: Owen Shaw had nine kills and two blocks, and Jayden Magnin added seven kills and four blocks. Tim Meehan and Breven Honda, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 Benbrook lost the games Stockton and Martinez started on the mound last year, and the underclassman duo responded a year later with dominating performances. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 May 2024 Maybe some underclassmen transfer out of Mater Dei. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 18 Apr. 2024 The coaches are expected to host transfers for official visits this weekend while also hosting high school underclassmen for unofficial visits on Saturday. Richard Davenport, arkansasonline.com, 6 Dec. 2023 The Wolverines’ girls team won its first title since 2010 in Division II with three underclassmen leading the way. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Oceanside started eight underclassmen in the title match. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2024 Joppatowne, which rosters nine underclassmen, led Edgewood by five with three minutes left. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 With the addition of underclassmen to this year’s game, the depth only improved across the board. Parker Gabriel, The Denver Post, 4 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underclassman was in 1871

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“Underclassman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underclassman. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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un·​der·​class·​man ˌən-dər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce underclassman (audio)
: a student in the first or second year of a four-year high school or college

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