One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is enrolled as a student in a college or university.‘on Saturday, we welcomed back our matriculands of 1965 and 1975’
- ‘In the sixteenth century Salamanca had about 5,000–7,000 matriculands a year.’
- ‘Out of 1,032 matriculands admitted in the session 1911-12, there were only three Frenchmen, all non-collegiate.’
- ‘Paris, conversely, had a northern bias: in 1773, 63 per cent of its matriculands came from north of the Loire.’
- ‘Melville had just reached the age of the university matriculand when he shipped aboard the Highlander on its voyage out from New York in 1837.’
1950s: from matriculate + -and.
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