[ sof-uh-mawr, -mohr; sof-mawr, -mohr ]
/ ˈsɒf əˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr; ˈsɒf mɔr, -moʊr /
a student in the second year of high school or college.
a person or group in the second year of any endeavor: He's a sophomore on Wall Street.
of or relating to a sophomore.
of or being a second effort or second version: Their sophomore album was even better than their first.
What Does “Sophomore” Mean?Of the four tiers of high school, sophomore is the year that stands out as strange. Freshman, junior, and senior are relatively clear monikers for their associated levels, and it’s funny that in school, the place where you are most expected to know the how and why of everything, second-year students are called by a term whose roots are abstruse. Then there is the problem …
Related formspre·soph·o·more, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sophomore
/ (ˈsɒfəˌmɔː) /
mainly US and Canadian a second-year student at a secondary (high) school or college
(of a book, recording, etc by an artist) secondher sophomore album
Word Origin for sophomore
C17: perhaps from earlier sophumer, from sophum, variant of sophism + -er 1
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