freshman

A freshman is a student in her first year of high school or college. Being a college freshman can be a little overwhelming — it's a huge change in most people's lives.

Sometimes a freshman is called a "first-year student," a term that isn't so gender-specific. However, you can also use the word freshman for a a boy or a girl. Sometimes, rather than school, a freshman is new at something else: in the US Senate, first-timers are frequently called "freshman senators." The word combines the "inexperienced" sense of fresh with man, or "person."

Definitions of freshman
1

n a first-year undergraduate

Synonyms:
fresher
Type of:
lowerclassman, underclassman
an undergraduate who is not yet a senior

n any new participant in some activity

Synonyms:
entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
Types:
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
Type of:
beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
someone new to a field or activity

adj used of a person in the first year of an experience (especially in United States high school or college)

“a freshman senator”
freshman year in high school or college”
Synonyms:
first-year
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree

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