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

Example Sentences

Only upperclassmen can go off-campus for lunch.
Recent Examples on the Web Toppin isn't the only upperclassman who hasn't played well in the two defeats, however. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 21 Nov. 2022 The Ducks went from one upperclassman last season to five this fall. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2022 The upperclassman asked Stout to attempt a 40-yard field goal. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 8 Sep. 2022 Known for his pure speed, Brown grew up in Stockton and played at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana as an upperclassman. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 The story begins in earnest on Lucy’s first day at Baird College in 2007, during which upperclassman Stephen negs her at a frat party, setting the scene for years of queasiness to come. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 With just one upperclassman in its rotation and no true post players, Desert Vista was an unlikely preseason candidate to compete with Arizona’s best teams. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 The coach has a few promising freshmen who gain a lot from the upperclassman’s presence. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Jeremy Roach, Duke’s sophomore point guard, has helped solidify a starting lineup with just one upperclassman. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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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