- The definition of college is a place of higher learning after high school that provides education and grants degrees or certification.
- An example of a college is Boston College.
- An example of a college is a technical school such as a secretarial college.
St. John's college in Cambridge.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- an association of individuals having certain powers and duties, and engaged in some common pursuit: the electoral college
Origin: orig. with reference to the university communities of Oxford & Cambridgean institution of higher education that grants degrees, as a bachelor's degree after a four-year course or an associate degree after a two-year course: it is sometimes the undergraduate division of a university
- any of the schools of a university offering instruction and granting degrees in any of several specialized courses of study, esp. graduate study, as in liberal arts, architecture, law, or medicine
- a school offering specialized instruction in some profession or occupation: a secretarial college
- Brit., Cdn. a private secondary school
- the students, faculty, or administrators of a college
- a clerical group that has been given the legal status of an ecclesiastical corporation
- the building or buildings of a college
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin collegium, community, society, guild, fraternity ; from collega: see colleague
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- a. An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science or both.b. An undergraduate division or school of a university offering courses and granting degrees in a particular field.c. A school, sometimes but not always a university, offering special instruction in professional or technical subjects.d. The students, faculty, and administration of such a school or institution.e. The building or buildings occupied by such a school or institution.f. Chiefly British A self-governing society of scholars for study or instruction, incorporated within a university.g. An institution in France for secondary education that is not supported by the state.
- a. A body of persons having a common purpose or shared duties: a college of surgeons.b. An electoral college.
- A body of clerics living together on an endowment.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin collēgium, association; see collegium.