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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Before his sophomore season at Boerne Champion High School, Allemand’s coach gave him the choice to be the star on junior varsity or ride the bench on varsity. Alex Miller,, "Boerne native Blake Allemand continues major league quest with Missions," 6 July 2019 The Chargers varsity squad proceeded to win the end-of-season All Broward Catholic Conference tournament. Emmett Hall,, "St. Coleman Chargers dominate girls volleyball All Broward Catholic Conference," 27 June 2019 Kelly, just 24 — the same age as two of his assistant coaches — took over the varsity squad after spending the previous three years in the program. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "St. Thomas Academy baseball is making history, and having a blast doing it," 19 June 2019 Sanchez, a 2002 Lawrence graduate who played four years on the varsity squad under Hajjar and twice was named league MVP, had kept tabs on his old team after graduating, frequently attending matches. Matt Case,, "Under Sanchez, Lawrence returning volley," 25 May 2018 The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Parrish saw limited time on Anderson’s varsity squad in 2017 but his size has snagged the attention of college coaches. John Snodgrass,, "Recruiting Trail: Football recruiting in full swing," 2 May 2018 This year's varsity squad has 20 players with 15 seniors, one junior, two sophomores and one freshman. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Bulldogs 5-5 in March girls lacrosse games," 2 Apr. 2018 Bauer played for the boys’ varsity squad, but just barely, whereas Sue, his girlfriend, was a fierce and talented competitor on the court. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Basketball' is a fast-break compilation that goes from from the beginning to Stephen Curry," 12 Mar. 2018 Armstead, Hayes and Grayson-Zehrung were part of a freshman team that went 15-5 in 2015, when the Terrace varsity squad, still in Class 3A, struggled to finish 6-14. Sandy Ringer, The Seattle Times, "Mountlake Terrace trio taking last shot at state basketball tournament," 25 Feb. 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 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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