Meaning of Wykehamist in English:



  • A past or present member of Winchester College.

    ‘Saif's nostalgic memories about being a ‘Wykehamist’, as the boys in Winchester were called, are among the highlights of the latest issue of ‘Connecting’, British Council's newsletter from the Southern region.’
    ‘A batsman could move forward and back, and with dignity to the off, to hook, but a gentleman never retreated to leg, certainly not a Wykehamist.’


  • Relating to Winchester College.

    ‘About 1687 Colley Cibber, the brilliant Dunce of the Dunciad, tried to enter Winchester College, but failed, and thus we lose in his Apology what would have proved a valuable description of Wykehamist education at the close of the 17th century.’
    ‘Just before its Quingentenary the Wykehamist Society lost its last surviving Fellow elected under the Wykeham statutes as the Rev. Gilbert Wall Heathcote who had been Vicar of Hursley resigned the living owing to weak health in 1836.’


Mid 18th century from modern Latin Wykehamista, from the name of William of Wykeham (1324–1404), bishop of Winchester and founder of the college.