Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A student in the first-year class of a high school, college, or university.
  • n. A beginner; a novice. See Usage Note at man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge.
  • n. A person of either sex entering the first year of an institution, especially a high school (ninth grade), a university, or legislative body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge; especially, a student during his first year in a high school, college, or university.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A novice; one in the rudiments of knowledge.
  • n. A student of the first year in a college or university.
  • Pertaining to a freshman, or to the class composed of freshmen, in a college.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a first-year undergraduate
  • n. any new participant in some activity
  • adj. used of a person in the first year of an experience (especially in United States high school or college)

Etymologies

From fresh +‎ man. (Wiktionary)

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  • For Irish English and BrE, when referring to university students use first year instead.

    March 26, 2011