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freshman (plural freshmen)
- (US, Canada, Philippines) A person (of either sex) entering the first year of an institution, especially a high school (ninth grade for US and Canada, grade 7 for Philippines), a university, or legislative body.
- At the time I was a wide-eyed freshman, but I was soon to grow jaded and cynical.
- 1611, Middleton, Thomas, The Roaring Girl, act 3, scene 3:
- Sir Alexander: Then he's a graduate.
Sir Davy: Say they trust him not?
Sir Alexander: Then is he held a freshman and a sot,¶ And never shall commence, but being still barr'd¶ Be expuls'd from the master's side to th' twopenny ward,¶ Or else i' th' hole be plac'd.
- 2019 September 25, Geoffrey Kabaservice, “Impeach Trump? The United States is now in uncharted waters”, in The Guardian:
- As a country, we now enter what the seven freshmen called “unchartered waters”, with an unprecedented political and constitutional crisis looming on the horizon.
- (obsolete) A novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge.
- 1619 August 6, Howell, James, The Familiar Letters of James Howell, volume 1, published 1892, Letter XIII, page 39:
- I am but a Freshman yet in France, therefore I can send you no News but that all is here quiet, and 'tis no ordinary News that the French should be quiet.
- (British) fresher
- (US) frosh
- (US, Philippines) freshie
- (Canadian) grade nine student / grade 9 student / Grade 9 student / grade-niner / grade niner
- (Canadian, Philippines, highschool, university) first-year student / first year student / 1st year student / 1st yr student
- (Philippines) grade seven student / grade 7 student / Grade 7 student
a person of either sex entering the first year of an institution
novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge