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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Think of them as the original version of a varsity jacket. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 6 Jan. 2023 There was also an increase in suiting with fresh updates like pinstripes and a variety of waistlines, the introduction of elevated denim options like the sailor jeans, and nostalgic jackets such as the trench coat and varsity jacket. Kendall Becker,, 26 Dec. 2022 The Weeknd, looking dapper in an HBO Sports varsity jacket, linked up with the iconic Babyface who wore a long Matrix-style black coat. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 3 Dec. 2022 His leather Supreme varsity jacket flowed fluidly into his Givenchy pants. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 For the boys, specifically, the classic Phat Farm varsity jacket is also back, in addition to baseball jerseys, t-shirts and more. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 Not even the buzziest stars could stop the result from looking like a damp squib: an empty shell of clichéd American references (the varsity jacket! Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2022 Leave it to Bella Hadid to wear a varsity jacket in the summer heat—and still manage to look cool. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2022 Joe — after a dramatic conversation with one of the robbers that ends with his suicide — is able to begin living with the pain of the loss of his son Joe Jr., burning his varsity jacket in a Navajo ceremony. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 17 July 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Varsity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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