or co-ed

[koh-ed, -ed]


Older Use. a female student in a coeducational institution, especially in a college or university.


Older Use. of, relating to, or being a coed or coeds: coed fads.
for or serving both men and women alike.

Origin of coed

1885–90, Americanism; short for coeducational student Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for co-ed

Contemporary Examples of co-ed

Historical Examples of co-ed

  • How am I ever to be a co-ed in Annapolis and a pupil here at the same time?

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • They'll say I've backed down on my co-ed plan and will run me half to death.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • They'd stroll gently up a canyon (Co-ed Canyon, I think he called it).


    James Hopper

  • On the fringe of this group, an olive-skinned Brazilian co-ed asks: "Where's Martha?"

    The Fourth R

    George Oliver Smith

  • And now September was drawing to its close, and with the last day of that month their eagerly-longed for co-ed days would begin.

    A Dixie School Girl

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for co-ed





US a female student in a coeducational college or university
British a school or college providing coeducation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for co-ed

also coed, 1886, American English, (first in Louisa Mae Alcott's "Jo's Boys"); short for "co-educational system;" 1889 as an adjective, short for coeducational; 1893 as a noun meaning "girl or woman student at a co-educational institution."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper