[ kol-ij ]
/ ˈkɒl ɪdʒ /


Nearby words

  1. collector,
  2. collector electrode,
  3. collector's item,
  4. collectorate,
  5. colleen,
  6. college board,
  7. college of advanced technology,
  8. college of arms,
  9. college of cardinals,
  10. college of education

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for college


/ (ˈkɒlɪdʒ) /


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



"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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