- 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.
- an association of individuals having certain powers and duties, and engaged in some common pursuit: the electoral college
Origin of collegeorig. with reference to the university communities of Oxford & Cambridge an 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 of collegeMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin collegium, community, society, guild, fraternity ; from collega: see colleague
- 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 or group of fields.c. A junior or community college.d. A school offering special instruction in a professional or technical subject: a medical college.e. The students, faculty, and administration of one of these schools or institutions: new policies adopted by the college.f. The building, buildings, or grounds where one of these schools or institutions is located: drove over to the college.g. Chiefly British A self-governing society of scholars for study or instruction, incorporated within a university.h. An institution for secondary education in France and certain other countries 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 of collegeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin collēgium, association; see collegium.
- (in some proper nouns) A group sharing common purposes or goals.
- College of Cardinals, College of Surgeons
- (politics) An electoral college.
- An academic institution. [From 1560s.]
- An institution of higher education.
- (US) An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates.
- (chiefly US) Attendance at an institution of higher education.
- These should be his college years, but he joined the Army.
- (Canada) A postsecondary institution that does not award bachelor's degrees, instead offering vocational training and/or associate's degrees.
- (chiefly UK) A non-specialized, semi-autonomous division of a university, with its own faculty, departments, library, etc.
- Pembroke College, Cambridge; Balliol College, Oxford; University College, London
- (US, New Zealand) A specialized division of a university.
- College of Engineering
- (UK, in the names of private schools) A secondary school.
- Eton College
- (UK) An institution of further education at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19); sixth form.
- (New Zealand) A high school or secondary school.
- (UK) An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).
- (Australia) A residential hall associated with a university, which may be independent or have its own tutors but is not involved in teaching.