Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science or both.
  • n. An undergraduate division or school of a university offering courses and granting degrees in a particular field.
  • n. A school, sometimes but not always a university, offering special instruction in professional or technical subjects.
  • n. The students, faculty, and administration of such a school or institution.
  • n. The building or buildings occupied by such a school or institution.
  • n. Chiefly British A self-governing society of scholars for study or instruction, incorporated within a university.
  • n. An institution in France for secondary education that is not supported by the state.
  • n. A body of persons having a common purpose or shared duties: a college of surgeons.
  • n. An electoral college.
  • n. A body of clerics living together on an endowment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An institution of further education at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19); sixth form.
  • n. An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).
  • n. A secondary school.
  • n. A non-specialized, semi-autonomous division of a university, with its own faculty, departments, library, etc.
  • n. A residential hall associated with a university, which may be independent or have its own tutors but is not involved in teaching.
  • n. Any institution of higher education.
  • n. An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates and/or graduates. Nearly synonymous with university, with less emphasis on research and may, or may not, have graduate or doctoral programs.
  • n. A specialized division of a university.
  • n. A high school or secondary school.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection, body, or society of persons engaged in common pursuits, or having common duties and interests, and sometimes, by charter, peculiar rights and privileges.
  • n. A society of scholars or friends of learning, incorporated for study or instruction, esp. in the higher branches of knowledge.
  • n. A building, or number of buildings, used by a college.
  • n. Fig.: A community.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An organized association of men, invested with certain common powers and rights, performing certain related duties, or engaged in some common employment or pursuit; a body of colleagues; a guild; a corporation; a community: as, an ancient Roman college of priests; the college of cardinals; the Heralds' College in England; a college of physicians or surgeons.
  • n. An endowed and incorporated community or association of students within a university. See university.
  • n. The institution or house founded for the accommodation of such an association.
  • n. In Scotland, the United States, and Canada, an incorporated and endowed institution of learning of the highest grade.
  • n. A school or an academy of a high grade or of high pretensions.
  • n. An edifice occupied by a college.
  • n. In France, an institution for secondary education, controlled by the municipality, which pays for the instruction given there, and differing from the lyceum in that the latter is supported and directed by the state. The curriculum is nearly the same in both, the college being usually modeled on the lyceum.
  • n. A collection or assembly; a company.
  • n. A debtors' prison.
  • n. The whole body of bishops of the historical church, regarded as continuing and possessing in their corporate capacity the authority of the original assembly of apostles.
  • n. A church connected with a college.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the body of faculty and students of a college
  • n. an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university
  • n. a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin collēgium, association; see collegium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French college, from Latin collegium. (Wiktionary)

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