[kuh-lee-juh l, -jee-uh l; for 2 also kuh-lee-gee-uh l]


of or characterized by the collective responsibility shared by each of a group of colleagues, with minimal supervision from above.

Origin of collegial

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word collēgiālis. See college, -al1
Related formscol·le·gi·al·ly, adverbsub·col·le·gi·al, adjective
Can be confusedcollegial collegiate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of collegial

Historical Examples of collegial

  • Time for reflection and collegial dialogue is necessary to maintain this nursing lens in a period of increasing responsibility.

British Dictionary definitions for collegial



of or relating to a college
having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues
Derived Formscollegially, adverbcollegiality, noun
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Word Origin and History for collegial

mid-14c., from Middle French collégial, from Latin collegialis, from collegium (see college). Related: Collegially; collegiality.

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