- The definition of a university is a high-level school offering classes that can lead to a bachelor’s degree, or to master’s and doctoral degrees at the graduate level.
An example of a university is the University of California at Berkeley.
A university building.
university definition by Webster's New World
- an educational institution of the highest level, typically, in the U.S., with one or more undergraduate colleges, together with a program of graduate studies and a number of professional schools, and authorized to confer various degrees, as the bachelor's, master's, and doctor's
- the grounds, buildings, etc. of a university
- the students, faculty, and administrators of a university collectively
Origin: Middle English universite ; from Middle French université ; from Midieval Latin universitas ; from Classical Latin the whole, universe, society, guild ; from universus: see universe
university definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. u·ni·ver·si·ties
- An institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities constituting a graduate school and professional schools that award master's degrees and doctorates and an undergraduate division that awards bachelor's degrees.
- The buildings and grounds of such an institution.
- The body of students and faculty of such an institution.
Origin: Middle English universite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ūniversitās, from Latin, the whole, a corporate body, from ūniversus, whole; see universe.