Undergraduate vs Sophomore - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between undergraduate and sophomore

is that undergraduate is a student at a university who has not yet received a degree while sophomore is (us) a second-year undergraduate student in a college or university, or a second-year student in a four-year secondary school or high school.

As adjectives the difference between undergraduate and sophomore

is that undergraduate is of, relating to, or being an undergraduate while sophomore is (us) the second in a series, especially, the second of an artist’s albums or the second of four years in a high school (tenth grade) or university.

undergraduate

Noun

(en noun)
  • A student at a university who has not yet received a degree.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • Of, relating to, or being an undergraduate.
  • undergraduate studies

    Synonyms

    * pregraduate (unusual)

    Antonyms

    * postgraduate * (student) graduate

    Coordinate terms

    * graduand

    sophomore

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (US) The second in a series, especially, the second of an artist’s albums or the second of four years in a high school (tenth grade) or university.
  • The band’s sophomore album built upon the success of their debut release, catapulting them to megastardom.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US) A second-year undergraduate student in a college or university, or a second-year student in a four-year secondary school or high school.
  • She was very mature for a sophomore and had several friends who were juniors or even seniors.
  • (US, horse-racing) A three year old horse.
  • The filly had looked promising as a sophomore , but concerns over her health had prompted the owner to pull her from the season’s early races.

    Derived terms

    * softmore * sophomoric

    References

    * Answers.com article on “sophomore”

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