un·​der·​class·​man | \ ˌən-dər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce underclassman (audio) \

Definition of underclassman

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

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The departures of Luguentz Dort and Zylam Cheatham will be somewhat offset by the return of guards Rob Edwards and Remy Martin and the development of underclassmen, with wing Taeshon Cherry atop that list. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 basketball: Revised order-of-finish projections based on NBA Draft and transfer decisions," 3 June 2019 The acclimation of some of these underclassmen to the Big 12 style of play will determine if the program can return to being a consistent contender in the conference championship. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Three questions facing the Big 12 this offseason," 3 June 2019 The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 21. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: After breakout season, what’s next for UW hoops? Here are 3 storylines to watch," 26 Mar. 2019 The Cards will seek reinforcements at just about every position, and especially at guard, where there are only two underclassmen and a graduate transfer. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Chris Mack's staff lands first 2019 commitment for Louisville basketball," 31 May 2018 East Chicago Central High School underclassmen will have the chance to enroll in ROTC classes starting in August. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "East Chicago Central to launch ROTC program," 1 May 2018 Hewitt-Trussville underclassmen Dazalin Worsham and Malachi Moore have two full high school football seasons remaining. Josh Bean, AL.com, "Hewitt-Trussville 2020 duo getting major SEC attention," 13 Apr. 2018 Thanks to graduating seniors and underclassmen leaving early for the MLB Draft, as well as a few transfers since the fall, the Tigers enter the season with 17 new players on a 32-man roster. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "LSU's Paul Mainieri hoping new faces can return Tigers to lofty places," 1 Feb. 2018 Jaskulski sees promise in the underclassmen, as well. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield hires Bill Jaskulski, whose basketball bloodlines run deep, as boys hoops head coach," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of underclassman

1871, in the meaning defined above

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

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