noun (plural varsities)British • dated , South African , or NZ
- 1University: he had his hair cut when he got back from varsityMore example sentences
- Students come from across Africa, are based at varsities across the country, but come to Cape Town for an initial intense burst of studying.
- The powers that be had better soon realise that this varsity has outstanding lecturers who are by far the most competent and passionate people for the job.
- A spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela varsity, Roslyn Baatjies, said their student debt stood at R101,9m at the end of July.
- 1.1 [as modifier] British (Especially of a sporting event or team) of or relating to a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge: a varsity matchMore example sentences
- It was only a few weeks later that he scored 169 for Cambridge in the varsity match.
- The sport has been played at the university for almost 30 years and this year, the annual varsity match against Cambridge was on Sky TV.
- The reason why Clemington had made it to the finals four years in a row would have to be based on the fact that four years ago, Chris Donovan and Devon Matthews joined the boy's varsity team.
- 1.2chiefly North American The principal team representing a high school or college in a sport or other competition: Miller promoted him to the varsity for his sophomore seasonMore example sentences
- By the time he joined the varsity as a sophomore, he and his coach realized he should become a full-time catcher.
- With five assistant coaches and two trainers, the varsity's bench resembled an NBA team's.
- As a freshman at Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, he was a pretty good basketball player, made junior varsity, and although he didn't play much he put up good numbers when he did.
mid 17th century: shortening of university, reflecting an archaic pronunciation.
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