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  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 sizar corresponded to a servitor at Oxford.

from The 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 .


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alterating derivation of size 'fixed portion' + -er


  • 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.

    English Literature for Boys and Girls

  • 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.

    Selections from Five English Poets

  • 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.

    Little Dorrit

  • Bellamont (then a dashing young sizar at Exeter) had a couple of rounds with Billy Butt, the bow-oar of the Bargee boat.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • He thus came up to Trinity in 1812 as a “sub-sizar

    William Whewell

  • 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.

    An Autobiography

  • I was a sizar at a fashionable school, a condition never premeditated.

    An Autobiography

  • 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

    Barchester Towers

  • 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.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • He is a young sizar, a second-year student of no great attainment.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine


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