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

  • adj. Characterized by or having power and authority vested equally among colleagues: "He . . . prefers a collegial harmony that will present him with a consensus on the issues” ( Time).
  • adj. Roman Catholic Church Characterized by the equal sharing of power among the bishops.
  • adj. Of, relating to, characterized by, or likened to college life; collegiate: collegial rituals like homecoming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or ruled by colleagues
  • adj. ruled by bishops having equal power
  • adj. of or relating to a college or its students; collegiate
  • adj. possessing adherence to the ethos, standards and conduct that govern behavior among colleagues within a given organization or profession

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Collegiate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a college, or an organized body of men appointed to perform any function, as contrasted with an individual: as, a collegial system of judges; a collegial verdict.
  • Relating to a college; collegiate.
  • Eccles., having the character of a collegium, or voluntary assembly which has no relationship to the state. See collegium, collegialism.

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

  • adj. characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues
  • adj. of or resembling or typical of a college or college students


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

Middle English, from Latin collēgiālis, of colleagues, from collēgium, association; see collegium.



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