or siz·er


Origin of sizar

First recorded in 1580–90; size1 + -ar3
Related formssiz·ar·ship, nounsub·siz·ar, nounsub·siz·ar·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for sizar


  1. British (at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate receiving a maintenance grant from the college
Derived Formssizarship, noun

Word Origin for sizar

C16: from earlier sizer, from size 1 (meaning ``an allowance of food, etc'')
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Word Origin and History for sizar

also sizer, at certain British universities, a student of limited means who received school meals for free, 1580s, from size (n.) in a specialized sense "ration, allowance for provisions."

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