Definition of sizar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪzə/


An undergraduate at Cambridge University or at Trinity College, Dublin, receiving financial help from the college and formerly having certain menial duties.
Example sentences
  • At first he was a sizar but from his second year onwards he received a full scholarship.
  • He'd won a scholarship-he couldn't have gone otherwise-but as a sizar, his expenses paid at the weekly rate of one shilling and sixpence, he could hardly expect to keep up with the young lords around him.



Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪzəʃɪp/
Example sentences
  • The university offers a number of sizarships and exhibitions to M.Sc. students.
  • After receiving his primary education at Oamaru Grammar School he was sent back to England in 1876, where he attended Denstone College and gained a sizarship to St. John's College, Cambridge.
  • He declined a sizarship to St. John's College, Cambridge, in favour of staying longer at school, but later proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge.


Late 16th century: from obsolete size 'ration of bread, beer, etc.' + -ar3.

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