Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. At the University of Cambridge, or at Trinity College, Dublin, an undergraduate student who, in consideration of his comparative poverty, usually receives free commons. Compare servitor .
- n. UK At certain universities, e.g. Cambridge and Dublin, a student who receives an allowance for his college expenses (study grant); originally in return for serving other (paying) students.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of a body of students in the universities of Cambridge (Eng.) and Dublin, who, having passed a certain examination, are exempted from paying college fees and charges. A
sizarcorresponded to a servitorat Oxford.
- alterating derivation of size 'fixed portion' + -er (Wiktionary)
“He entered college as a sizar, that is, in return for doing the work of a servant he received free board and lodging in his college.”
“In his eighteenth year he entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar, that is, a poor student who pays in part for his tuition by doing certain kinds of work.”
“Gowan by making the Prunes and Prism school excessively polite to her, but not very intimate with her; and Little Dorrit, as an enforced sizar of that college, was obliged to submit herself humbly to its ordinances.”
“Bellamont (then a dashing young sizar at Exeter) had a couple of rounds with Billy Butt, the bow-oar of the Bargee boat.”
“He thus came up to Trinity in 1812 as a “sub-sizar””
“A sizar at a Cambridge college, or a Bible-clerk at Oxford, has not pleasant days, or used not to have them half a century ago; but his position was recognised, and the misery was measured.”
“I was a sizar at a fashionable school, a condition never premeditated.”
“He had been a sizar at Cambridge and had there conducted himself at any rate successfully, for in due process of time he was an”
“With this cat? quoth Panurge; the devil scratch me if I did not think it had been a young soft-chinned devil, which, with this same stocking instead of mitten, I had snatched up in the great hutch of hell as thievishly as any sizar of Montague college could have done.”
“He is a young sizar, a second-year student of no great attainment.”
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