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)



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  • A group in which each member has approximately equal power and authority.

    July 26, 2009