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(Education) Brit (at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate receiving a maintenance grant from the college
[C16: from earlier sizer, from size1 (meaning 'an allowance of food, etc')]
ˈsizarˌship n


or siz•er

(ˈsaɪ zər)

(at Cambridge University and at Trinity College, Dublin) an undergraduate who receives maintenance aid from the college.
[1580–90; size1 (definition 7) + -ar3]
siz′ar•ship`, n.
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And this poverty they could not hide, for the sizars were obliged to wear a different cap and gown from that of the gentlemen commoners.
Born in London in 1552, the son of a clothmaker, Spenser past from the newly established Merchant Taylors' school to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, as a sizar, or poor student, and during the customary seven years of residence took the degrees of B.
But it had an influence in placing obstacles in the way of her association with Mrs 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.
The existence of a third set of undergraduates called servitors at Oxford and sizars at Cambridge was again visually displayed when members of the college gathered together to eat: sizars and servitors waited at the tables of the fellows, fellow-commoners, and commoners or pensioners.