freshman

[ fresh-muhn ]
/ ˈfrɛʃ mən /

noun, plural fresh·men.

a student in the first year of the course at a university, college, or high school.
a novice; beginner.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a freshman: to outgrow one's freshman attitudes.
lacking seniority or experience; junior: a freshman senator.
required of or suitable for freshmen: freshman courses.
initial; first: This is my freshman year with the company.

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Origin of freshman

First recorded in 1540–50; fresh + -man

usage note for freshman

See -man.

OTHER WORDS FROM freshman

fresh·man·ship, nounpre·fresh·man, noun, plural pre·fresh·men.sub·fresh·man, noun, plural sub·fresh·men.
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