from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An executive council or committee of equally empowered members, especially one supervising an industry, commissariat, or other organization in the Soviet Union.
- n. A group whose members pursue shared goals while working within a framework of mutual trust and respect: "This standing firm ... enables the college to be a community, a collegium of students and faculty working at common problems and possibilities” ( Robert A. Spivey).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A committee or council
- n. Any of several legal associations
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corporation; especially, an independent and self-governing ecclesiastical body uncontrolled by the state. See collegial, 3, and collegialism.
Russian kollegiya, from Latin collēgium, association, from collēga, colleague; see colleague.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)