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.

Nearby words

  1. cody, william frederick,
  2. codó,
  3. coe,
  4. coe virus,
  5. coe-,
  6. coedit,
  7. coeditor,
  8. coeducation,
  9. coeducational,
  10. coefficient

Origin of coed

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

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British Dictionary definitions for co-ed





US a female student in a coeducational college or university
British a school or college providing coeducation
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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