Definitions

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

  • noun An executive council or committee of equally empowered members, especially one supervising an industry, commissariat, or other organization in the Soviet Union.
  • noun A group whose members pursue shared goals while working within a framework of mutual trust and respect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A corporation; especially, an independent and self-governing ecclesiastical body uncontrolled by the state. See collegial, 3, and collegialism.

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

  • noun A committee or council
  • noun in Ancient Rome Any of several legal associations

Etymologies

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

[Russian kollegiya, from Latin collēgium, association, from collēga, colleague; see colleague.]

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

    July 26, 2009