College meaning

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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.
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A body of clerics living together on an endowment.
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An association of individuals having certain powers and duties, and engaged in some common pursuit.

The electoral college.

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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.
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A school offering specialized instruction in some profession or occupation.

A secretarial college.

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A private secondary school.

Eton College.

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The students, faculty, or administrators of a college.
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A clerical group that has been given the legal status of an ecclesiastical corporation.
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The building or buildings of a college.
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(in some proper nouns) A group sharing common purposes or goals.

College of Cardinals, College of Surgeons.

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(politics) An electoral college.
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An academic institution. [From 1560s.]
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An institution of higher education.
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(US) An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates.
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(chiefly US) Attendance at an institution of higher education.

These should be his college years, but he joined the Army.

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(Canada) A postsecondary institution that does not award bachelor's degrees, instead offering vocational training and/or associate's degrees.
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(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.

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(US, New Zealand) A specialized division of a university.

College of Engineering.

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(UK, in the names of private schools) A secondary school.

Eton College.

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(UK) An institution of further education at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19); sixth form.
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(New Zealand) A high school or secondary school.
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(UK) An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).
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(Australia) A residential hall associated with a university, which may be independent or have its own tutors but is not involved in teaching.
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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.

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Origin of college

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin collēgium association collegium
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French college, from Latin collegium.
    From Wiktionary