undergraduate

[ uhn-der-graj-oo-it, -eyt ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt /

noun

a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.

adjective

having the standing of an undergraduate.
of, for, pertaining to, or characteristic of undergraduates.

Origin of undergraduate

First recorded in 1620–30; under- + graduate
Related formsun·der·grad·u·ate·ship, nounnon·un·der·grad·u·ate, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for undergraduate

undergraduate

/ (ˌʌndəˈɡrædjʊɪt) /

noun

a person studying in a university for a first degreeSometimes shortened to: undergrad
Derived Formsundergraduateship, noun
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Word Origin and History for undergraduate

undergraduate


n.

1620s, a hybrid formed from under + graduate (n.). British used fem. form undergraduette in 1920s-30s.

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