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undergraduate

[uhn-der-graj-oo-it, -eyt]
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noun
  1. a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.
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adjective
  1. having the standing of an undergraduate.
  2. of, for, pertaining to, or characteristic of undergraduates.
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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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  • They weren't interested in Cassel's undergraduate days, or in Morse's conquests.

    The Hour of Battle

    Robert Sheckley

  • They suffered no drastic loss of touch with undergraduate thought and life.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • But they will rarely be found of most profit to undergraduate classes.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • All of the preceding discussion applies only to undergraduate work.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • They had been at Cambridge together, and ever since their undergraduate days had been intimate chums.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux


British Dictionary definitions for undergraduate

undergraduate

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

n.

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

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