Definition of sophomore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsäf(ə)ˌmôr/


1A second-year college or high school student: her 16-year-old twin sons are sophomores [as modifier]: Frances taught sophomore English
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  • Why are most of the victims physically weak such as university freshmen or sophomores or female students?
  • We were sophomores at Howard University doing a good deed on a winter's day.
  • So first semester of my sophomore year in high school was not the best time for me.
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting the second album, film, etc., released or created by a particular artist: the duo’s sophomore album
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  • His long-awaited sophomore collection finds the poet challenging and revivifying the dominant acid-jazz of contemporary Canadian verse.
  • She snagged the crown as our reader's favorite for the month with her long-awaited sophomore record.
  • She announced her long-awaited sophomore LP and debuted a new song.


Mid 17th century: perhaps from earlier sophumer, from sophum, sophom (obsolete variants of sophism) + -er1.

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Syllabification: soph·o·more

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