[ vahr-si-tee ]
/ ˈvɑr sɪ ti /
noun, plural var·si·ties.
of or relating to a university or school team, activity, or competition: a varsity debater.
Origin of varsity
1840–50; compare versity university, in 17th century; pronunciation probably preserves historical outcome of Middle English ĕr, as in varmint
Related formsin·ter·var·si·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intervarsity (1 of 2)
/ (ˌɪntəˈvɑːsɪtɪ) /
conducted, involving, or existing between two or more universities
British Dictionary definitions for intervarsity (2 of 2)
/ (ˈvɑːsɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
British, NZ and Southern African informal university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
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Word Origin and History for intervarsity
1846, "university," variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university.
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