Sizar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sizar One of a body of students in the universities of Cambridge (Eng.) and Dublin, who, having passed a certain examination, are exempted from paying college fees and charges. A sizar corresponded to a servitor at Oxford.☞ They formerly waited on the table at meals; but this is done away with. They were probably so called from being thus employed in distributing the size, or provisions. See 4th Size, 2. "The sizar paid nothing for food and tuition, and very little for lodging."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sizar At the University of Cambridge, or at Trinity College, Dublin, an undergraduate student who, in consideration of his comparative poverty, usually receives free commons. Compare servitor .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sizar sī′zar the name of an order of students at Cambridge and Dublin—from the allowance of victuals made to them from the college buttery
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Size, fixed quantity.

Usage

In literature:

Am I a poor sizar of Trinity, whose hard struggle with poverty has caught your sympathy?
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
In a month he had passed his first examinations and was made a sizar.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
A sizar and a viscount arm-in-arm!
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
At Cambridge the sizars, and at Oxford the servitors, form the lowest grade of students.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
The other two classes were the pensioners, who paid their way, and the sizars.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
He was the son of a barber, but was well educated, and was able to enter Caius College as a sizar at thirteen.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
He had been a Sizar of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, in 1561 and graduated B.A.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Let me see; the next time I heard of him was when he attempted to enter college as a sizar, and failed.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
He was admitted a sizar of Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1745, and took the degree of B.A.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
Students after an examination are admitted as fellow-commoners, pensioners or sizars.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Not in all the pomp and pride of an unlimited purse, however, but as a humble sizar.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Why, he was a sizar at college!
"A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
On the 11th of June 1744, being then in his sixteenth year, Oliver went up to Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
After leaving school at Middleton, Curran passed to Trinity College, Dublin, which he entered as a sizar when nineteen years of age.
"Curiosities of Impecuniosity" by H. G. Somerville
As his father could make him but a small allowance, he entered as a sizar.
"The School Friends" by W.H.G. Kingston
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