- of or relating to a university or school team, activity, or competition: a varsity debater.
Origin of varsity
1840–50; compare versity university, in 17th century; pronunciation probably preserves historical outcome of Middle English ĕr, as in varmint
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Examples from the Web for varsity
Army B-squad players who fail to make it onto the varsity team after a year or two usually quit football.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
When he next tried out for the varsity, he weighed 174 pounds and was faster than he had been on his arrival at West Point.How His West Point Football Experience Inspired Eisenhower
November 11, 2014
Her grandson Kane is a freshman and is playing for both the JV and varsity squads.
The Varsity Chiefs are awesome, and the engine for this devastating hardwood machine is point guard Buell Robinson.
She is a varsity track star, a champion baton-twirler, and a volunteer at Cortland Memorial Hospital.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
Of them some twenty-four were on the 'varsity and sixteen on the second.
After that, with the ball on the second's eight yards, the 'varsity should have scored easily.
We've done as much, in a way, as the 'varsity fellows to win from Claflin.
After that you may believe that the 'varsity played football!
He's been begging the 'varsity fellows to get stale and be done with it.
- British, NZ and Southern African informal university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
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Word Origin and History for varsity
1846, "university," variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper