var·​si·​ty | \ ˈvär-sə-tē How to pronounce varsity (audio) , -stē \
plural varsities

Definition of varsity

1a : the principal squad representing a university, college, school, or club especially in a sport
2 British : university

Examples of varsity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dixon will have help from senior point guard Adaora Nwokeji, who has been on varsity since her freshmen year. Marcus Gutierrez, Chron, "Basketball: Young Summer Creek squad still has high expectations," 22 Oct. 2020 Dhayer, who reached 1,500 assists this season, is one of the top setters in the state and has been on varsity since her freshman year. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Healthy mix of youth, experience carries Summer Creek undefeated district start," 14 Oct. 2020 In most any other season, Rolder would have been up on varsity as a sophomore. Pat Disabato,, "Hold on: Illinois baseball recruit Jimmy Rolder ready to lead Marist in football while keeping his Power Five options open," 8 Oct. 2020 Alex played on the JV along with Courtney at Maryvale in 2018, while Lauren was on varsity as a freshman. Craig Clary,, "Pair of Catonsville residents from Maryvale Prep lacrosse team make verbal commitments to Division I schools," 25 Sep. 2020 The four linemen played together on varsity as sophomores after the school graduated five offensive linemen from the previous season. Chris Dabe,, "District 10-3A preview: McDonogh 35 returns four third-year starting offensive linemen," 21 Sep. 2020 Zack, a sophomore two-way starter on varsity, played offensive tackle and defensive end. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "All-in: Zack Martin is taking the same approach to fatherhood that made him one of the best guards in the NFL," 18 Sep. 2020 Junior Tanner Stevens is the most experienced of three QB options at Timber Creek after starting on varsity as a freshman in 2018. J.c. Carnahan,, "Metro Conference East football preview: Boone, Timber Creek has building blocks in place," 8 Sep. 2020 Coach Michael Clevenger is hoping to use the trials of last season as a stepping stone into this year as 19 underclassmen earned their varsity letter and all 19 were starters at some point in the season. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana high school football preview: A closer look at Indianapolis-area Class 4A teams," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of varsity

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for varsity

by shortening from university (with regular late Middle English opening of tautosyllabic er to ar)

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The first known use of varsity was in 1646

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25 Oct 2020

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“Varsity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of varsity

US : the main team of a college, school, or club in a particular sport


var·​si·​ty | \ ˈvär-sə-tē How to pronounce varsity (audio) \
plural varsities

Kids Definition of varsity

: the main team that represents a school or club in contests

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