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[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.
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Origin of collegium

From Latin, dating back to 1915–20; see origin at college
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Examples from the Web for collegia

Historical Examples

  • These were not departments in the sense of bureaus, but collegia.


    Victor Nilsson

  • We thus arrive by a second channel at the collegia of the empire.

  • These were known as collegia pietatis, which gave rise to the name, “Pietists.”

    The Story of Our Hymns

    Ernest Edwin Ryden

  • The destruction of the working-class family must have been finally achieved by the imperial control of the collegia.

  • These corporations were ruined by slave labour, and becoming secret societies, in the time of Augustus were The collegia.

British Dictionary definitions for collegia


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
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Word Origin

Latin: college
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