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

b : regular sense 1d

2 British : university

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In his ninth season as varsity baseball coach at Phillips Academy, Andover, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Northeast Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 20-2 record and a Central New England Prep championship. Jake Caccavaro And Joe Rice,, "Globe Local: Noteworthy performances," 13 July 2018 The Hawks, who were seeking their first varsity eight win since 1970, posted the fastest time in Friday’s heats. Joe Juliano,, "Temple, with a little help, wins men's varsity eight race at Dad Vail Regatta," 12 May 2018 In addition to the varsity-level program, the school is planning to field club teams as well. Laura Demarco,, "'Double Lover': Twisty erotic thriller opens on Valentine's Day (review)," 14 Feb. 2018 Poynter’s youngest son Michael made his first varsity start at quarterback against Keller Fossil Ridge in 2008. Mark Wright, star-telegram, "Why Eddy Peach will be remembered 80 years from now | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Jan. 2018 Seagraves coached the Kennedy varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams last school year, as well as from March through May in 2016 and January through March in 2017, according to Sacramento City Unified officials. Diana Lambert And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Former high school coach pleads no contest to human trafficking, gets 13-year sentence," 27 June 2018 Two players in particular, varsity newcomers Carson Kosonovich and Donovan Perkins, caused the most heads to turn. Steve Reaven,, "Carson Kosonovich, Donovan Perkins still shutting the door in New Trier secondary," 14 July 2018 Taking his first varsity snap last month in a 7-on-7 tournament, quarterback prospect Ethan Hampton made a strong opening statement for Aurora Christian. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Air apparent: Aurora Christian coaches grooming sophomore Ethan Hampton to power passing attack," 14 July 2018 Trammel, who plays her club soccer with the Cincinnati Develpoment Academy, has played varsity for the Thunderhawks in each of her first two seasons at East. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Recruiting Trail: Lakota East's Trammel picks NKU soccer," 13 July 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

: 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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