varsity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Abbreviation of university

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Noun[edit]

varsity ‎(countable and uncountable, plural varsities)

  1. university

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Used attributively in the UK to describe a sports team representing a university or college, or a match involving such a team (in normal usage only applying to one of the older universities, and considered somewhat dated even then).
  • Used attributively in the U.S. and Canada to describe a sports team made up of older high school or college students (generally the 3rd and 4th years of a 4-year program), as contrasted with the junior varsity team made up of 1st- and 2nd-year students.