intervarsity

varsity

[vahr-si-tee]
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 pertaining to a university or school team, activity, or competition: a varsity debater.

Origin:
1840–50; compare versity university, in 17th century; pronunciation probably preserves historical outcome of Middle English ĕr, as in varmint

intervarsity, adjective
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intervarsity (ˌɪntəˈvɑːsɪtɪ)
 
adj
conducted, involving, or existing between two or more universities

varsity (ˈvɑːsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
informal (Brit), (NZ), (South African) university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge

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varsity
1846, "university," variant of earlier versity (1680), shortened form of university.
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