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

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Only upperclassmen can go off-campus for lunch.
Recent Examples on the Web And its characters—from Steven Strait’s adorably broody Warren Peace to Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s shifty upperclassman Gwen Grayson—are as memorably sub-Hughesian as ever. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Disney+ while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Williams could be a great college player who is on the roster for multiple years and become a key piece as an upperclassman. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what Michigan basketball's roster might look like next season," 16 Mar. 2020 Borders is the only upperclassman seeded among the top eight, a rarity for an event usually dominated by returning veterans from years before. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "St. Francis' Eva Borders looks to repeat state tennis championship," 16 May 2018 Expanded opportunities should help Smith carve out a more productive role next season with those upperclassmen wideouts headed for the draft. Dallas News, "2020 breakout candidates from top 25 schools, including a trio of touted skill players," 18 Jan. 2020 Even with more freshmen coming, Arizona will have a greater percentage of upperclassmen than in recent seasons. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats football: Breaking down current roster for 2020," 16 Jan. 2020 As a freshman, Claiborne started tagging along with two upperclassmen who hung out with homeless people downtown. Nick Tabor, Washington Post, "Can Shane Claiborne’s progressive version of evangelical Christianity catch on with a new generation?," 6 Jan. 2020 My son was a Penn State upperclassman during the 2011 Jerry Sandusky pedophilia horror. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "End of the Year Means Another Contrived College Football Playoff," 25 Dec. 2019 This season, only six to seven players are upperclassmen among the 22 the Huskies have in uniform for games. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn hockey leaning on Vomacka and Kondelik, who share more than the same uniform," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of upperclassman

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 4 Jun. 2020.

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

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