[ kuh-lee-juhl, -jee-uhl; for 2 also kuh-lee-gee-uhl ]
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  1. 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

Other words from collegial

  • col·le·gi·al·ly, adverb
  • sub·col·le·gi·al, adjective

Words that may be confused with collegial

Words Nearby collegial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use collegial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for collegial


/ (kəˈliːdʒɪəl) /

  1. of or relating to a college

  2. having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues

Derived forms of collegial

  • collegially, adverb
  • collegiality, noun

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