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or co-ed  (kō′ĕd′)

n. Often Derogatory

A woman who attends a coeducational college or university.

adj. Informal

1. Of or relating to an education system in which both men and women attend the same institution or classes; coeducational: a coed university.

2. Open to both sexes: a coed dorm; a coed pool.

[Short for coeducational.]

Usage Note: Although as a noun coed once referred to male and female students at a college, the word now refers primarily to young women who attend a coeducational college or university. Because there is no separate word for male college students, and the word carries a connotation of frivolity, the term coed is often considered derogatory.

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or co-ed

(ˈkoʊˈɛd, -ˌɛd)


1. serving both men and women alike; coeducational.

2. of or pertaining to a coed.


3. a female student in a coeducational institution.

[1885–90, Amer.]

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A girl or woman student at a coeducational school, college, or university.

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