college

[kol-ij]

noun


Origin of college

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin collēgium, equivalent to col- col-1 + lēg-, variant stem of legere to gather + -ium -ium; cf. colleague
Related formspost·col·lege, noun, adjectivepre·col·lege, noun, adjectivesub·col·lege, noun
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college

noun

an institution of higher education; part of a university
a school or an institution providing specialized courses or teachinga college of music
the building or buildings in which a college is housed
the staff and students of a college
an organized body of persons with specific rights and dutiesan electoral college See also Sacred College
a body of clerics living in community and supported by endowment
mainly British an obsolete slang word for prison

Word Origin for college

C14: from Latin collēgium company, society, band of associates, from collēga; see colleague
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Word Origin and History for college
n.

"body of scholars and students within a university," late 14c., from Old French college "collegiate body" (14c.), from Latin collegium "community, society, guild," literally "association of collegae" (see colleague). At first meaning any corporate group, the sense of "academic institution" attested from 1560s became the principal sense in 19c. via use at Oxford and Cambridge.

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