[ vahr-si-tee ]
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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.

  1. of or relating to a university or school team, activity, or competition: a varsity debater.

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Origin of varsity

1840–50; compare versity university, in 17th century; pronunciation probably preserves historical outcome of Middle English ĕr, as in varmint

Other words from varsity

  • in·ter·var·si·ty, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for varsity


/ (ˈvɑːsɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. British, NZ and Southern African informal university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge

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