[ vahr-si-tee ]
/ ˈvɑr sɪ ti /

noun, plural var·si·ties.

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.
Chiefly British Informal. university.


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

Origin of varsity

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

Related forms

in·ter·var·si·ty, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈvɑːsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

British, NZ and Southern African informal university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
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