un·​der·​grad·​u·​ate ˌən-dər-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce undergraduate (audio)
: a student at a college or university who has not received a first and especially a bachelor's degree
undergraduate adjective

Example Sentences

a group of college undergraduates
Recent Examples on the Web Miles studied theatre at Yale twice, first as an undergraduate and then as a master’s student in the class of 1994. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2022 Wahl is from Mission, Kansas, and attended Princeton University as an undergraduate. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 10 Dec. 2022 McCarthy grew up in Meriden, attended the Hartt School as an undergraduate and was living in Madison shortly before the COVID epidemic began. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 4 Dec. 2022 As an undergraduate, future President Nixon played football at Whittier College. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2022 The son of two Stanford law professors attended MIT as an undergraduate from 2010 to 2014. Anissa Gardizy, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 As an undergraduate, Thor Westergaard BS’21 was unsure that electrical engineering was the right major for him. Dallas News, 7 Nov. 2022 While studying as an undergraduate in Iran, she was suspended from her university in the aftermath of pro-democracy protests in 2009. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 Nyong’o attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, as an undergraduate, studying film and African studies. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undergraduate was in 1630

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“Undergraduate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergraduate. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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un·​der·​grad·​u·​ate ˌən-dər-ˈgraj-(ə-)wət How to pronounce undergraduate (audio)
: a student at a college or university who has not yet received a degree

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