Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A college student or recent college graduate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of a college, particularly of a literary institution so named; an inhabitant of a college; a student.
  • noun An inmato of a debtors' prison. Also collegiate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A member of a college, particularly of a literary institution so called; a student in a college.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A student (or a former student) of a college

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

  • noun a student (or former student) at a college or university

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, member of an endowed religious or scholarly body, from Medieval Latin collēgiānus, from Latin collēgium, association; see collegium.]

Examples

  • They were the twin pitchers everyone wanted to see, the Nationals right-hander who was already well known as a collegian at San Diego State, and the Reds left-hander who was more of a mystery because he just left Cuba last July.

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  • It is, in fact, somehow endemic of this system where so much control comes from the top down and where so little is allowed from participation from the bottom up that begs the Pope to restore the kind of collegian church that was the great work of Vatican II.

    CNN Transcript Mar 31, 2002

  • The hugely popular 'collegian' column that earlier provided students a platform to share heart-warming stories, experiences that stirred them, or changes in the life style of the Generation X is back.

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  • The hugely popular 'collegian' column that earlier provided students a platform to share heart-warming stories, experiences that stirred them, or changes in the life style of the Generation X is back.

    The Hindu - Front Page

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  • She was also the only collegian to play for the U.S. national team last summer, making her a likely candidate for the Olympic roster in 2012.

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  • Palin would again denounce all forms of socialism and likely accuse Barbour of being a "socialist" for using the "public option" of education in the form of attending public schools as a youth and eventually Ole Miss as a collegian.

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  • Junior CB Patrick Peterson also will return kickoffs for the first time as a collegian.

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  • He used his 6-5 frame to catch 20 TD passes as a collegian and won the John Mackey Award last season as the country's top tight end.

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  • I remember as a collegian taking the famed Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory MMPI, a psychological inventory which included a yes-or-no question that gave me a laugh and a shudder: "I have heard the voice of God."

    Eliot Daley: My Memo To Atheists: Why I Choose God

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