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[vahr-si-tee] /ˈvɑr sɪ ti/
noun, plural varsities.
any first-string team, especially in sports, that represents a school, college, university, or the like:
He is on the varsity in tennis and in debating.
Chiefly British Informal. university.
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
Related forms
intervarsity, adjective Unabridged
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  • Of them some twenty-four were on the 'varsity and sixteen on the second.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • After that you may believe that the 'varsity played football!

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • After that, with the ball on the second's eight yards, the 'varsity should have scored easily.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He's been begging the 'varsity fellows to get stale and be done with it.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • We've done as much, in a way, as the 'varsity fellows to win from Claflin.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for varsity


noun (pl) -ties
(Brit & NZ, South African, informal) university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for varsity

1846, "university," variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university.

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