[kuh-lee-jee-uh m]
noun, plural col·le·gi·a [kuh-lee-jee-uh] /kəˈli dʒi ə/, col·le·gi·ums.
  1. Ecclesiastical. college(def 11).
  2. a group of ruling officials each with equal rank and power, especially one that formerly administered a Soviet commissariat.

Origin of collegium

From Latin, dating back to 1915–20; see origin at college Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -giums or -gia (-dʒɪə)
  1. (in the former Soviet Union) a board in charge of a department
  2. another term for College of Cardinals, Sacred College

Word Origin for collegium

Latin: college
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