• WordNet 3.6
    • adj freshman 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"
    • n freshman a first-year undergraduate
    • n freshman any new participant in some activity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Freshman A novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge; especially, a student during his first year in a high school, college, or university. "He drank his glass and cracked his joke,
      And freshmen wondered as he spoke."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n freshman A novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge.
    • n freshman A student of the first year in a college or university.
    • freshman Pertaining to a freshman, or to the class composed of freshmen, in a college.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Freshman one in the rudiments of knowledge, esp. a university student in his first year—also Fresh′er
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  • Woody Allen
    “I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fersc; cf. Dut. versch, Ger. frisch.


In literature:

Of course I've had my freshman year, but the Kid's just entering.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
But Bill's father back in Cincinnati had entirely different plans for the giant freshman.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
Perhaps you might take some of your freshman work.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Let's go to Freshman Lane.
"Polly's Senior Year at Boarding School" by Dorothy Whitehill
He was when he enlisted in Broady's company, a student in the freshman class of Madison University.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
When Mr. Pickwick's adventures are presented to the modern maid, she behaves like the Cambridge freshman.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
He failed of an appointment on the 'best four' of his Freshman class.
"The Book of Courage" by John Thomson Faris
Never before in the memory of students had Prexy attended a sophomore-freshman ball.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
Why is a Freshman like a telescope?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
Freshman class, because he did not pass his Christmas examinations.
"Harper's Round Table, July 2, 1895" by Various

In poetry:

Yet often at the sunset hour,
When tolls the evening bell,
The freshman lingers on the steps,
That frightful tale to tell.
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The freshman's lamp had long been dim,
The voice of busy day was mute,
And tortured Melody had ceased
Her sufferings on the evening flute.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There is nothing on earth that he will not devour,
From a tutor in seed to a freshman in flower;
No sage is too gray, and no youth is too green,
And you can't be too plump, though you're never too lean.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The wisest was a Freshman once, just freed from bar and bolt,
As noisy as a kettle-drum, as leggy as a colt;
Don't be too savage with the boys,--the Primer does not say
The kitten ought to go to church because the cat doth prey.
"Meeting Of The Alumni Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And who was on the Catalogue
When college was begun? Two nephews of the President,
And the Professor’s son;
(They turned a little Indian by,
As brown as any bun Lord! how the seniors knocked about
The freshman class of one!
"A Song. For the Centennial Celebration of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And if I had a daughter, sir, I’d dress her up in green;
I’d put her on the campus just to coach the freshman team.
And if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell you what he’d do
He’d yell, ‘To Hell with Harvard!’ like his Daddy used to do.
"A Son Of A Gun" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Freshman defensive tackle Anthony Johnson had a reputation before he set foot on LSU's campus.
Free State High School family and consumer sciences teacher Nolan Henderson laughs with his students, from left, Latesha Robertson, freshman, Mackinzie Urich, freshman, and Michaela Smith, senior, in class on Thursday.
Just across from the University of Houston, Frenchy 's is the perfect place to avoid cafeteria food and even make those freshman 15 worth gaining.
Legislature will see a large freshman class .
Ryan talks about 2013-'14 freshman class .
Wisconsin officials on Thursday announced the signing of five players for Bo Ryan's 2013-'14 freshman class .
Huskers impressed by freshman class .
The future looks bright for the Nebraska Cornhuskers -- so bright that a handful of true freshman are pushing for playing time.
Coopersville High School seeing 'double' with five sets of twins in freshman class .
Freshman Class Debuts For UMaine Women's Basketball In Exhibition Game.
The highly regarded freshman class making its debut tonight for the Black Bears.
Nine freshman playing their first college game.
Alabama's veterans heap praise on the freshman class (video).
Virginia basketball hopeful its talented freshman class can deliver right away.
With strong freshman class , Howland foresees potential for success.

In science:

Heating and expansion generally causes the WD to spin down (like the freshman physics figure skater problem).
The Internal Shear of Type Ia Supernova Progenitors During Accretion and Simmering
Decreasing course content improves student comprehension of science and attitudes towards science in freshman biology. J.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Every freshman physics major is familiar with the simple harmonic oscillator.
Relativistic Springs
Structure, methods, and objectives of the required freshman calculus-physics course at Amherst College.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Sherman and the thoughtful students in Harvard’s Fall 2005 freshman seminar on the Hidden Universe provided important encouragement.
Testing the Self-Consistency of MOND With Three-Dimensional Galaxy Kinematics