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freshman

[fresh-muh n] /ˈfrɛʃ mən/
noun, plural freshmen.
1.
a student in the first year of the course at a university, college, or high school.
2.
a novice; beginner.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a freshman:
to outgrow one's freshman attitudes.
4.
lacking seniority or experience; junior:
a freshman senator.
5.
required of or suitable for freshmen:
freshman courses.
6.
initial; first:
This is my freshman year with the company.
Origin of freshman
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; fresh + -man
Related forms
freshmanship, noun
prefreshman, noun, plural prefreshmen.
subfreshman, noun, plural subfreshmen.
Usage note
See -man.
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n.

mid-16c., "newcomer, novice," from fresh (adj.1) + man (n.). Sense of "university student in first year" is attested from 1590s. Related: Freshmen.

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