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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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
As freshmen, they were told to come up with a kitchen product that would help
  elderly people to remain in their homes longer.
Many colleges dropped the requirement that incoming freshmen study a foreign
  language in high school.
Many freshmen acted as though they held that belief about themselves.
For instance, one obvious reform is to make all freshmen ineligible for
  athletics, as they were until three decades ago.
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