up·​per·​class·​man ˌə-pər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce upperclassman (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upperclassman was in 1871

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“Upperclassman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upperclassman. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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up·​per·​class·​man ˌəp-ər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce upperclassman (audio)
: a student in the third or fourth year of a four-year college or a high school

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