Definition of varsity in English:

varsity

noun

North american
  • 1The principal team representing a high school or college in a sport or other competition.

    ‘Miller promoted him to the varsity for his sophomore season’
    [as modifier] ‘girls' varsity basketball’
    • ‘As a freshman at Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, he was a pretty good basketball player, made junior varsity, and although he didn't play much he put up good numbers when he did.’
    • ‘In varsity and Olympic competition, races may involve boats with one, two, four, or eight rowers.’
    • ‘The varsity is for the most experienced and talented players.’
    • ‘I was into music and arts; he was on the baseball varsity of his school and the team representing his city.’
    • ‘Her boyfriend went to Vallier, and played on the varsity basketball team.’
    • ‘Greg Henderson was the youngest on the team; he was a sophomore on varsity.’
    • ‘By the time he joined the varsity as a sophomore, he and his coach realized he should become a full-time catcher.’
    • ‘Mikie was the captain of the varsity basketball team and had been away a week at Ohio for a tournament with the top high school teams in the country.’
    • ‘The freshman and junior varsity programs can continue the development of fundamentals in preparation for the varsity.’
    • ‘Emily, Crash's buddy and team mate, was good enough that they moved her up to play varsity with the 16-18 year olds.’
    • ‘There were about ten people who were from the varsity team last year, and fifteen from the junior varsity.’
    • ‘He was even more of an athlete than Ross - although he would be entering eighth grade come fall, he was on the varsity football, basketball, and lacrosse team.’
    • ‘He was also elected captain for the varsity basketball team and class president that same year.’
    • ‘I've played two years on varsity for Lincoln - 9th and 10th grade.’
    • ‘With five assistant coaches and two trainers, the varsity's bench resembled an NBA team's.’
    • ‘His junior year he decided to give the game another try, and made the junior varsity squad.’
    • ‘He shot up to 5-8 before joining the varsity, and now, listed at 6-0, is at least an inch taller than his father and brother.’
    • ‘Conner had him on the freshman team for two days before moving him to the varsity.’
    • ‘I played varsity golf my senior year in high school.’
    • ‘Your best friend made the varsity basketball team?’
    1. 1.1NZ, South African, British dated University.
      ‘he had his hair cut as soon as he got back from varsity’
      • ‘They'd worked out that they had the same lectures at varsity.’
      • ‘Noelle is having a holiday then going back to varsity.’
      • ‘A spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela varsity, Roslyn Baatjies, said their student debt stood at R101,9m at the end of July.’
      • ‘Students come from across Africa, are based at varsities across the country, but come to Cape Town for an initial intense burst of studying.’
      • ‘‘They grow in confidence and this benefits them later when they go to varsity,’ says Rebeck.’
      • ‘When I finished varsity and started paying the loan off, I had gone to work as a laboratory analyst.’
      • ‘The powers that be had better soon realise that this varsity has outstanding lecturers who are by far the most competent and passionate people for the job.’
      • ‘For me it was just vacation work before I went back to varsity, but Danny needed something that provided a career.’
      • ‘My father, who described himself as a ‘language master’, frequently regaled me with tales of his life at the varsity.’
      • ‘Yeah, well it's kind of helped me through some pretty dire times of stress, like my 4th year at varsity.’
      • ‘I think I'm going to go back to varsity next year, after all.’
      • ‘In varsity, a friend told me quite plainly and cynically that friends use each other to gain something, using to gain information, influence, solace and companionship.’
      • ‘On the advice of several industry people whom I consulted fresh out of varsity, I'd always intended to work in a commercial law role for two years.’
      • ‘I was driving up the coast, to Kakanui, a small east coast beach settlement, a place were I lived for about six months after finishing varsity.’
      • ‘While still at varsity, Nyokong married and had two children sandwiched on either side of her first degree.’
      • ‘I have a clear memory of lunch at a similar time of year in my first year of varsity, although it's probably several memories compressed into one.’
      • ‘After the end of varsity in 1997, I decided to stay on in Dunedin and job hunt.’
      • ‘There are a few students who will only be returning to varsity tomorrow, and so will be joining our new choir next week.’
      • ‘‘Between us we found three horn players around campus and got organised to meet for rehearsals when varsity kicked off in the new year,’ Nick says.’
      • ‘Singh said the Government would soon release funds to provide basic facilities for Tumkur varsity.’
    2. 1.2British [as modifier](especially of a sporting event or team) relating to a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge.
      ‘a varsity match’
      • ‘I played at Lord's in the varsity match, but unfortunately we lost.’
      • ‘On the weekend of 7th week the varsity marathon kayaking takes place.’
      • ‘How could I not be used to it when I'm in the volleyball varsity team?’
      • ‘The reason why Clemington had made it to the finals four years in a row would have to be based on the fact that four years ago, Chris Donovan and Devon Matthews joined the boy's varsity team.’
      • ‘The sport has been played at the university for almost 30 years and this year, the annual varsity match against Cambridge was on Sky TV.’
      • ‘He said he wanted to play for the varsity team but never went out for it.’
      • ‘It was only a few weeks later that he scored 169 for Cambridge in the varsity match.’
      • ‘Also a special word for Steve Bacon, who added to his recent heroics in the varsity match to ease his way to the singles cuppers championship as well.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: shortening of university, reflecting an archaic pronunciation.

Pronunciation:

varsity

/ˈvärsədē/