freshman

[fresh-muhn]
noun, plural freshmen.
1.
a student in the first year of the course at a university, college, or high school.
2.
a novice; beginner.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a freshman: to outgrow one's freshman attitudes.
4.
lacking seniority or experience; junior: a freshman senator.
5.
required of or suitable for freshmen: freshman courses.
6.
initial; first: This is my freshman year with the company.

Origin:
1540–50; fresh + -man

freshmanship, noun
prefreshman, noun, plural prefreshmen.
subfreshman, noun, plural subfreshmen.


See -man.
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fresher or freshman (ˈfrɛʃə, ˈfrɛʃmən)
 
n , pl -ers, -men
a first-year student at college or university
 
freshman or freshman
 
n

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freshman
mid-16c., "newcomer, novice," from fresh (1) + man (n.). Sense of "university student in first year" is attested from 1590s. Related: Freshmen.
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Example sentences
Supposedly something you should have learned in college freshman year.
Time for you to start your freshman year core science and ethics courses over
  again, my friend.
He hoped to discover the extent to which freshman year affected students.
During a soccer game her freshman year, an opposing player kicked her square in
  the back of the head.
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