Definition of sophomore in English:



  • 1A second-year university or high-school student.

    ‘freshmen performed better than either sophomores or juniors’
    as modifier ‘their sophomore year in college’
    • ‘Two sophomores talked over lunch one day this spring semester about how food can bring people together.’
    • ‘A few more people filtered in, all freshmen and sophomores.’
    • ‘Why are most of the victims physically weak such as university freshmen or sophomores or female students?’
    • ‘Plenty of sophomores and even a few freshman showed up every year, but Samantha never really wanted to be one of them.’
    • ‘Yes, this was an actual note that I had gotten when I was in my sophomore year at high school.’
    • ‘Juniors are more inclined to move off campus than sophomores, Griesse said.’
    • ‘Connecticut has four freshmen and two sophomores playing key roles.’
    • ‘There are about 100 freshmen and sophomores in the program right now.’
    • ‘Reserve Officer Training Corps at Berkeley was mandatory for all male freshmen and sophomores in those years.’
    • ‘There are 10,000 thirsty freshman and sophomores who'd pay you for this program.’
    • ‘The freshmen and sophomores went to the short right hall, and the juniors and seniors went through the short left hall.’
    • ‘The authors also intended the text to be used by underclassmen, that is, by freshmen or sophomores.’
    • ‘We were sophomores at Howard University doing a good deed on a winter's day.’
    • ‘The first book I was told to teach to sophomores was Conrad's Heart of Darkness.’
    • ‘We were both just sophomores in high school and neither of us had a job.’
    • ‘She was starting her first day of school as a sophomore and was not very excited about it.’
    • ‘A group of sophomores I recognised from school entered the door.’
    • ‘Only four freshmen and two sophomores auditioned, and they were quite unimpressive.’
    • ‘The senior class (along with the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) would split into random groups.’
    • ‘So first semester of my sophomore year in high school was not the best time for me.’
    undergraduate, postgraduate, scholar, tutee
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting the second recording, film, etc. released or created by a particular musician, group, director, etc.
      ‘the duo's sophomore album’
      ‘the Canadian filmmaker's sophomore movie is a father-son story’
      • ‘She snagged the crown as our reader's favorite for the month with her long-awaited sophomore record.’
      • ‘He found himself talking about his much-anticipated sophomore LP.’
      • ‘The legal eagles return on January 17 for the second half of the show's sensational sophomore season!’
      • ‘His long-awaited sophomore collection finds the poet challenging and revivifying the dominant acid-jazz of contemporary Canadian verse.’
      • ‘She announced her long-awaited sophomore LP and debuted a new song.’
      • ‘The lead single from the Brit's much-anticipated sophomore set is a jaunty blue-eyed soul anthem.’
      • ‘Heh is surely ahead of the pack on his sophomore disc, thanks to his gravelly aggression and trippy aesthetic.’
      • ‘Their sophomore album has been an even bigger success.’
      • ‘It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since the band released its sophomore album.’
      • ‘He just announced the very soon release of his much-anticipated sophomore solo album, his first release in 8 years.’


Mid 17th century: perhaps from earlier sophumer, from sophum, sophom (obsolete variants of sophism) + -er.