[fresh-muh n] /ˈfrɛʃ mən/

noun, plural freshmen.
a student in the first year of the course at a university, college, or high school.
a novice; beginner.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a freshman:
to outgrow one’s freshman attitudes.
lacking seniority or experience; junior:
a freshman senator.
required of or suitable for freshmen:
freshman courses.
initial; first:
This is my freshman year with the company.

mid-16c., “newcomer, novice,” from fresh (adj.1) + man (n.). Sense of “university student in first year” is attested from 1590s. Related: Freshmen.


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