[klas-meyt, klahs-]


a member of the same class at a school or college.

Origin of classmate

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15; class + mate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of classmate

  • He knew that his wife was a classmate of Mrs. Smith, and "put this and that together."


    Samuel T. Pickard

  • Her eyes had been opened to these things by Radbourn, a classmate at the Seminary.

  • "You fellows have missed a heap of fun," whispered a classmate.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • And then came his classmate's answer—one that Bucketts long remembered.

  • But Willett was his classmate, and, outwardly, they were friends.

British Dictionary definitions for classmate



a friend or contemporary of the same class in a school, college, etc
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Word Origin and History for classmate

"one of the same class at school or college," 1713, from class (n.) + mate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper