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[uhn-der-graj-oo-it, -eyt] /ˌʌn dərˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.
having the standing of an undergraduate.
of, for, pertaining to, or characteristic of undergraduates.
Origin of undergraduate
First recorded in 1620-30; under- + graduate
Related forms
undergraduateship, noun
nonundergraduate, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • They weren't interested in Cassel's undergraduate days, or in Morse's conquests.

    The Hour of Battle Robert Sheckley
  • They suffered no drastic loss of touch with undergraduate thought and life.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • But they will rarely be found of most profit to undergraduate classes.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • All of the preceding discussion applies only to undergraduate work.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • They had been at Cambridge together, and ever since their undergraduate days had been intimate chums.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for undergraduate


a person studying in a university for a first degree Sometimes shortened to undergrad
Derived Forms
undergraduateship, noun
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Word Origin and History for undergraduate

1620s, a hybrid formed from under + graduate (n.). British used fem. form undergraduette in 1920s-30s.

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