[ yoo-nuh-vur-si-tee ]
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noun,plural u·ni·ver·si·ties.
  1. an institution of learning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program of graduate studies together with several professional schools, as of theology, law, medicine, and engineering, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Continental European universities usually have only graduate or professional schools.

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Origin of university

1250–1300; Middle English universite<Old French <Medieval Latin ūniversitās,Late Latin: guild, corporation, Latin: totality, equivalent to ūnivers(us) (see universe) + -itās-ity

Other words from university

  • u·ni·ver·si·tar·i·an [yoo-nuh-vur-si-tair-ee-uhn], /ˌyu nəˌvɜr sɪˈtɛər i ən/, noun, adjective
  • an·ti·u·ni·ver·si·ty, adjective, noun
  • coun·ter·u·ni·ver·si·ty, noun, plural coun·ter·u·ni·ver·si·ties.
  • in·ter·u·ni·ver·si·ty, adjective
  • non·u·ni·ver·si·ty, noun, plural non·u·ni·ver·si·ties, adjective
  • pre·u·ni·ver·si·ty, adjective
  • pro·u·ni·ver·si·ty, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for university


/ (ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. an institution of higher education having authority to award bachelors' and higher degrees, usually having research facilities

  2. the buildings, members, staff, or campus of a university

Origin of university

C14: from Old French universite, from Medieval Latin universitās group of scholars, from Late Latin: guild, society, body of men, from Latin: whole, totality, universe

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