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

n a first-year undergraduate

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

n any new participant in some activity

entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
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”
preceding all others in time or space or degree

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