[ fresh-muhn ]
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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.

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a freshman: to outgrow one's freshman attitudes.

  2. lacking seniority or experience; junior: a freshman senator.

  1. required of or suitable for freshmen: freshman courses.

  2. initial; first: This is my freshman year with the company.

Origin of freshman

First recorded in 1540–50; fresh + -man

usage note For freshman

See -man.

Other words from freshman

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

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