up·​per·​class·​man | \ ˌə-pər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce upperclassman (audio) \

Definition of upperclassman

: a member of the junior or senior class in a school or college

Examples of upperclassman in a Sentence

Only upperclassmen can go off-campus for lunch.
Recent Examples on the Web On national signing day, a key Tulane upperclassman announced his departure and a transfer with New Orleans roots announced his impending arrival. G Smith, NOLA.com, "One departure. one arrival: Tulane football loses Amare Jones, gains former De La Salle product," 16 Dec. 2020 Operating with the poise of an upperclassman, the redshirt freshman from Reno, Nev., completed 27 of 36 pass attempts for 260 yards and accounted for five touchdowns while helping Michigan erase a 17-0 deficit. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football QB Cade McNamara's game built on confidence, maturity," 28 Nov. 2020 Fellow veterans Cam Buckley and Caleb Chapman suffered season-ending injuries along the way, leaving Jones as the lone upperclassman on the depth chart among A&M receivers. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Hezekiah Jones’ return a welcome sight for Texas A&M," 2 Nov. 2020 Both redshirted as freshmen and came into their second year with expectations of possibly beating out an upperclassman. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Nicholas Petit-Frere’s development as a five-star for Ohio State football mirrors Wyatt Davis': Buckeye Take," 31 Oct. 2020 The Bulldogs' offensive line defies logic with a bevy of upperclassman that has underperformed so far this season in giving up 15 sacks to opposing defenses. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s road trip at Louisiana Tech," 29 Oct. 2020 Among receivers, a competition opened up last week, incorporating four true freshmen, redshirt freshman Jeremiah Payton and former walk-on Marshall Few into a mix with the three upperclassman starters, Michael Harley, Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Could more playing time be on the horizon for UM freshmen after bye week?," 28 Oct. 2020 The Jaguars lost their career leader in all-purpose yards and lone upperclassman Tra Minter to graduation but have a rising star in sophomore Carlos Davis. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s road trip to South Alabama," 24 Sep. 2020 Freshman and new students moved onto the VU campus Aug. 12, with returning and upperclassman returning to campus in the following days. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Valparaiso University reports 5 COVID-19 cases," 20 Aug. 2020

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Upperclassman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upperclassman. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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US : a student in the third or fourth year of high school or college

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