var·​si·​ty | \ ˈvär-sə-tē , -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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Yet when the 2007 high school soccer season commenced, Jones-Duffey was listed on Reagan’s varsity roster. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitlock’s departure leaves legacy of family," 26 June 2018 The collection is pretty but unfussy, simple, but with thoughtful details like hand-embroidery on a white blouse and pearl buttons on a varsity jacket. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leah + Rae Is the Baby Brand We Want for Ourselves," 19 Sep. 2018 Two productive seasons on the varsity raised some concerns, so the junior guard has spent most of the summer fixing her flaws. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "School of hard Knox: Junior point guard Heaven Knox puts in the extra work for North Chicago," 13 July 2018 Kevin, who is two years younger and was three grades behind, played a handful of games on varsity as a freshman. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 Walker finished his four-year stint on the varsity at Reading High as the school’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing 15-year NBA veteran Donyell Marshall. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs’ new draft pick not just all talk," 23 June 2018 Tracey played the whole game at catcher despite only playing one inning on varsity after playing for the Comets’ Baltimore County JV championship team. Craig Clary,, "Big first inning propels Howard to softball playoff victory over Catonsville," 19 May 2018 Calabrese played on varsity as a freshman, and Cramer subbed on occasion. Rich Mayor, Naperville Sun, "'Excited to see that growth': Caleigh Cramer and Michele Calabrese pave way for Waubonsie Valley's future," 19 Apr. 2018 The decision has been made, and UC Davis is set to add two new women's varsity sports in 2018-19: beach volleyball and equestrian. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "UC Davis adds 2 women's teams to meet Title IX standards as campus demographics change | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
plural varsities

Kids Definition of varsity

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

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