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  1. (at Cambridge University and at Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate who receives maintenance aid from the college.
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Origin of sizar

First recorded in 1580–90; size1 + -ar3
Related formssiz·ar·ship, nounsub·siz·ar, nounsub·siz·ar·ship, noun
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Historical Examples

  • His wife was dead; his only son, who had been a sizar at Cambridge, was a curate in London.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • From Liverpool he went on to Cambridge to offer himself as a sizar at the University.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine

  • In a month he had passed his first examinations and was made a sizar.

  • A sizar was definitely attached to a Fellow or Fellow Commoner; he was not exactly a servant, but made himself generally useful.

    St. John's College, Cambridge

    Robert Forsyth Scott

  • Young Aubrey was sent to school, and thence to college as a sizar: he obtained several prizes, and took a high degree.

British Dictionary definitions for sizar


  1. British (at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate receiving a maintenance grant from the college
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Derived Formssizarship, noun

Word Origin

C16: from earlier sizer, from size 1 (meaning ``an allowance of food, etc'')
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Word Origin and History for sizar


also sizer, at certain British universities, a student of limited means who received school meals for free, 1580s, from size (n.) in a specialized sense "ration, allowance for provisions."

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