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[kuh-lee-jit, -jee-it]
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  1. of or relating to a college: collegiate life.
  2. of, characteristic of, or intended for college students: collegiate clothes; a collegiate dictionary.
  3. of the nature of or constituted as a college.
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  1. (in Canada) collegiate institute.
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Origin of collegiate

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word collēgiātus. See college, -ate1
Related formscol·le·giate·ly, adverbcol·le·giate·ness, nounpost·col·le·giate, adjectivepre·col·le·giate, adjectivepro·col·le·giate, adjectivepseu·do·col·le·giate, adjectivequa·si-col·le·giate, adjectivesub·col·le·giate, adjectiveun·col·le·giate, adjective
Can be confusedcollegial collegiate
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Related Words for collegiate

intellectual, scholarly, scholastic, collegiate, university, college, bookish, erudite, learned, pedantic, studious

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British Dictionary definitions for collegiate


  1. Also: collegial of or relating to a college or college students
  2. (of a university) composed of various colleges of equal standing
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  1. Canadian short for collegiate institute
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Word Origin and History for collegiate


mid-15c., from Latin collegiatus "member of a college or corporation," in Medieval Latin, "of or pertaining to a college," from collegium (see college).

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