var·​si·​ty ˈvär-sə-tē How to pronounce varsity (audio)
plural varsities
: the principal squad representing a university, college, school, or club especially in a sport
British : university

Examples of varsity in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of varsity was in 1646

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“Varsity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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var·​si·​ty ˈvär-sət-ē How to pronounce varsity (audio)
plural varsities
: the main team representing a college, school, or club in contests

an altered form of versity, itself an old, shortened form of university

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