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

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Recent Examples on the Web Ben Shtolzberg, who has committed to Creighton, returns for his fourth season on varsity and continues to be one of the best scorers in the league. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Bhatta elevated Diaz to varsity as a sophomore in fall 2019. Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, 11 Oct. 2021 Through his first two years on varsity, Anaya was a reliable, if unremarkable option. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Coach Matt Huleatt is in his first year with the team, and with many players new to varsity, the program is essentially starting from scratch. Steve Smith,, 7 Oct. 2021 After getting called up to varsity late in his freshman season in 2017, the 6-foot-7 Wallace became a fixture for the Engineers, bringing positive energy with a selfless team-first approach. Glenn Graham,, 2 Oct. 2021 For Delaney, who has been on varsity since his freshman year and played a role on both state title teams, a key regular-season win over a rival is only one step toward the ultimate goal., 18 Sep. 2021 Lloyd even punted all three years on the varsity at Otay Ranch. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Stokes was part of the freshman team in 1971, and moved up to the varsity the following year. Creg Stephenson |, al, 14 Sep. 2021

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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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“Varsity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of varsity

: 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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