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.

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After it was published, Ms. Anderson visited schools to discuss the story and its main character, Melinda, a freshman who struggles to verbalize her pain after she is raped by an upperclassman at her first high school party. Constance Grady, Vox, "Target is reportedly censoring words like “Nazi” and “queer” from book descriptions," 15 Sep. 2018 One friend from his Naval Academy days recalls how John, while a lowly plebe, reacted to seeing an upperclassman verbally abuse a steward. Caroline Houck, Vox, "George W. Bush honors McCain as “unwavering, undimmed, unequal”," 1 Sep. 2018 One friend from naval academy days recalls John reacted to seeing an upperclassman verbally abuse a steward. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George W. Bush's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 Dinkins, the lone upperclassman and the only non-football player on the relay, expressed pride about his long journey to conclude his track career at state. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Boys track notes: Stevenson sees a bright future for 4x200 relay team," 27 May 2018 Often in the pecking order of life, an upperclassman doesn't reach out to someone a couple grades below, but Ladonnis Griffin and Lakota West football immediately got involved in the #StratmanStrong movement. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Ladonnis Griffin's biggest play ever at Lakota West was a GoFundMe page," 12 July 2018 Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky basketball program has found an upperclassman for next season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis commits to Kentucky," 20 June 2018 That changed this spring, Olsufka now an upperclassman for the reigning county champion Mustangs. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka captures baseball Player of the Year," 20 June 2018 By the time Peter Rossi managed to land the upperclassman’s cap on top of the slick statue, several of his classmates had tried and fallen. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘Plebes no more’: After 2 hours 9 minutes, Naval Academy freshmen conquer greased monument," 21 May 2018

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upperclassman

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

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