varsity

[vahr-si-tee]
noun, plural var·si·ties.
  1. any first-string team, especially in sports, that represents a school, college, university, or the like: He is on the varsity in tennis and in debating.
  2. Chiefly British Informal. university.
adjective
  1. 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

intervarsity

adjective
  1. conducted, involving, or existing between two or more universities

varsity

noun plural -ties
  1. 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

varsity

adj.

1846, "university," variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university.

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