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[fresh-muh n]
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noun, plural fresh·men.
  1. a student in the first year of the course at a university, college, or high school.
  2. a novice; beginner.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a freshman: to outgrow one's freshman attitudes.
  2. lacking seniority or experience; junior: a freshman senator.
  3. required of or suitable for freshmen: freshman courses.
  4. initial; first: This is my freshman year with the company.
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Origin of freshman

First recorded in 1540–50; fresh + -man
Related formsfresh·man·ship, nounpre·fresh·man, noun, plural pre·fresh·men.sub·fresh·man, noun, plural sub·fresh·men.

Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words for freshman

novice, undergraduate, rookie, greenhorn, beginner, underclassman, undergrad, frosh

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Word Origin and History for freshman


mid-16c., "newcomer, novice," from fresh (adj.1) + man (n.). Sense of "university student in first year" is attested from 1590s. Related: Freshmen.

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