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

Examples of underclassman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The connection makes sense, considering Patterson's ties to the South — and his status as one of the top players in the 2016 class, dating back to his time as an underclassman. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan QB Shea Patterson's winding football career ends with redemption shot vs. Alabama," 31 Dec. 2019 The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 20. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs receiver Laviska Shenault declares for 2020 NFL Draft," 3 Dec. 2019 However, the Panthers lost key players and will be relying on numerous underclassmen in the year ahead. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Young Georgia State is No. 104 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 15 May 2018 That's thanks to a roster already stocked with talented underclassmen, the result of strong recruiting work in the 2018 and 2019 classes. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Three IU football recruits to watch," 18 Dec. 2019 Redondo has 12 seniors on its roster, plus talented underclassmen in junior Kami Miner and freshman Mele Corral-Blagojevich. Los Angeles Times, "Healthy Redondo is the team to beat in girls’ volleyball playoffs," 19 Oct. 2019 The Gophers have one of the Big Ten’s best receivers in Tyler Johnson, three good running backs and a nice balance of senior leadership and talented underclassmen on defense. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "Minnesota, Baylor among college football’s dark horse league contenders," 18 Aug. 2019 But on Friday night at Surprise Willow Canyon in the 4A football final, Goodyear Desert Edge and Gilbert Mesquite will be counting on underclassmen to get the gold ball. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Top underclassman quarterbacks Adryan Lara, Ty Thompson take stage in 4A championship," 5 Dec. 2019 With 80% of the roster underclassmen, forward Joe Jones and guard Liz Nunez — the team’s lone senior returnees — will be leaned on for steady play and leadership. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "2019-20 Baltimore-area high school boys basketball preseason Top 15 poll," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of underclassman

1871, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

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“Underclassman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underclassman. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underclassman

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

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