freshman

[ fresh-muh n ]
/ 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.

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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Word Origin and History for freshman

freshman


n.

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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