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varsity

[vahr-si-tee] /ˈvɑr sɪ ti/
noun, plural varsities.
1.
any first-string team, especially in sports, that represents a school, college, university, or the like:
He is on the varsity in tennis and in debating.
2.
Chiefly British Informal. university.
adjective
3.
of or relating to a university or school team, activity, or competition:
a varsity debater.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; compare versity university, in 17th century; pronunciation probably preserves historical outcome of Middle English ĕr, as in varmint
Related forms
intervarsity, adjective
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varsity

/ˈvɑːsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(Brit & NZ, South African, informal) university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
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Word Origin and History for inter varsity

varsity

adj.

1846, "university," variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university.

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