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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Roosevelt Washington showed off his his tenacity and versatility on both ends of the court in both games, looking more like an upperclassman than a kid who has yet to step into a high school classroom. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Unusual family dynamic of TyTy, Roosevelt Washington fuels Cesar Chavez basketball at Section 7," 22 June 2019 There are several safe, NBA-ready prospects in this class of power forwards due to the higher percentage of upperclassmen within the top of the positional power rankings. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "NBA draft preview: Is four-play still an issue for Heat?," 17 June 2019 Portage senior Trey Sebben used to be the one shadowing an upperclassman at the state meet. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "'He was always smiling': Portage's Trey Sebben is the 2019 Post-Tribune Boys Track Athlete of the Year," 11 June 2019 Cook is a senior officer in Blue Crew, which helps establish relationships between freshmen and upperclassmen to make the transition from middle school to high school easier. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Area’s best of the best for grades and games," 13 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of upperclassman

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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