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or sizer

[sahy-zer] /ˈsaɪ zər/
(at Cambridge University and at Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate who receives maintenance aid from the college.
Origin of sizar
First recorded in 1580-90; size1 + -ar3
Related forms
sizarship, noun
subsizar, noun
subsizarship, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Let me see; the next time I heard of him was when he attempted to enter college as a sizar, and failed.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • From Liverpool he went on to Cambridge to offer himself as a sizar at the University.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • The two incidents that we have narrated made Julian fear that his position as a sizar would be one of continual annoyance.

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • In a month he had passed his first examinations and was made a sizar.

  • 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
  • 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
  • I was a sizar at a fashionable school, a condition never premeditated.

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

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In 1705 he entered as a sizar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; in 1711 he was elected fellow of his college and was ordained.

  • He was the son of a barber, but was well educated, and was able to enter Caius College as a sizar at thirteen.

British Dictionary definitions for sizar


(Brit) (at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate receiving a maintenance grant from the college
Derived Forms
sizarship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from earlier sizer, from size1 (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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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