noun, plural var·si·ties.

  1. any first-string team, especially in sports, that represents a school, college, university, or the like: He is on the varsity in tennis and in debating.
  2. Chiefly British Informal. university.


  1. of or relating to a university or school team, activity, or competition: a varsity debater.

noun plural -ties

  1. British, NZ and Southern African informal university, formerly used esp at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge

1846, “university,” variant of earlier versity (1670s), shortened form of university.

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