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[kuh-lee-juh n, -jee-uh n]
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  1. a student in, or a graduate of, a college.
  2. a member of a college.
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Origin of collegian

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin collēgiānus, equivalent to collēgi(um) college + -ānus -an
Related formspost·col·le·gian, noun
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Examples from the Web for collegian

Historical Examples

  • As it approached, there was not a Collegian within doors, nor a turnkey absent.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He was the only collegian for a long time who had not worn the proper cap.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • Of this truth no one of our teachers, when I was a collegian, seemed to have a suspicion.

  • The collegian danced and drove and flirted and dined and sang the night away.

    Ars Recte Vivende

    George William Curtis

  • "I'm almost sure she doesn't," the collegian replied, placidly.

British Dictionary definitions for collegian


  1. a current member of a college; student
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Word Origin and History for collegian


late 14c., from college + -ian.

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