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[klas-meyt, klahs-] /ˈklæsˌmeɪt, ˈklɑs-/
a member of the same class at a school or college.
Origin of classmate
An Americanism dating back to 1705-15; class + mate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He knew that his wife was a classmate of Mrs. Smith, and "put this and that together."

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • Her eyes had been opened to these things by Radbourn, a classmate at the Seminary.

  • "You fellows have missed a heap of fun," whispered a classmate.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • And then came his classmate's answer—one that Bucketts long remembered.

  • But Willett was his classmate, and, outwardly, they were friends.

British Dictionary definitions for classmate


a friend or contemporary of the same class in a school, college, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for classmate

"one of the same class at school or college," 1713, from class (n.) + mate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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