Definition of freshman in US English:


nounPlural freshmen

  • 1A first-year student at a university, college, or high school.

    ‘we invited the freshmen’
    as modifier ‘a freshman second baseman’
    • ‘When Arizona State University's freshmen begin to navigate college life this fall, about 35 of them will get extra support from their parents.’
    • ‘While on the mend, the former freshman sued the university for not warning residents of the perilous nature of upper-story windows.’
    • ‘Fall 2001 enrollment includes 4,654 freshmen, the highest freshman enrollment in the university's history.’
    • ‘More resources were put into freshmen year courses and universities developed freshman ‘learning community’ programs.’
    • ‘The teaching of science subjects to secondary school students and college and university freshmen is often regarded as a difficult task.’
    • ‘University of Arizona freshmen and 1996 Olympic teammates Amanda Beard and Beth Botsford set American records in December at the Texas Invitational Swim Meet.’
    • ‘However, new records were set there in 2004 for total freshmen enrollment and overall university enrollment.’
    • ‘Eric is eighteen and is a freshman at the University of Washington.’
    • ‘There's no mistaking the immediate effect the freshman had on the University of Arizona program, however.’
    • ‘The 91,000 freshmen in four-year universities constituted 24 percent of the number of 18-year-olds in the country, 373,000.’
    • ‘During the second semester of the freshman art-introduction course at our school, we offer a unit in printmaking.’
    • ‘Like their current national peers, ISU freshmen selected their university or college based on its academic reputation and the potential for landing good jobs when they graduate.’
    • ‘The university has focused on freshmen because it loses about 25 percent of its students after the first year.’
    • ‘Minority students make up just over half of new freshmen at the University of New Mexico for the first time in the school's history.’
    • ‘I'm interested in retaining students, especially the freshmen and sophomores.’
    • ‘She is currently enrolled at California State University Fullerton as a freshman in the Honors Program.’
    • ‘Why are most of the victims physically weak such as university freshmen or sophomores or female students?’
    • ‘He was a freshman at Tokyo Gakugei University when he disappeared.’
    • ‘As is the case at most universities, freshmen are not permitted to bring their cars during the first semester.’
    • ‘All full-time undergraduates who qualify financially are eligible, whether they entered the University as freshmen or transfer students.’
    first-year student, undergraduate
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    1. 1.1US A newcomer or novice, especially someone newly elected to Congress.
      • ‘I mean, she's sponsored more legislation across the aisle than any other freshman of either party.’
      • ‘I mean, she showed the rhetorical skills that freshman Congress members are known for.’
      • ‘Proportionately more freshmen are being elected to Congress now but the figures are dwarfed by those for re-election.’
      • ‘He's one of the freshman Republicans from Texas.’
      • ‘No, what I think he is referring to is a letter that he wrote to several freshman Republicans.’
      • ‘Senior members of the party help freshmen meet lobbyists who are happy to fill up their campaign accounts.’
      • ‘One of the most vigorous complaints came today from freshman Republican Lindsey Graham, who had this to say.’
      • ‘True, freshmen congressmen are not necessarily front-page news.’
      • ‘As a freshman Congressman two decades ago, one of the first bills he introduced was to halt school desegregation.’