Definition of College

1. Noun. The body of faculty and students of a college.

Generic synonyms: Body
Group relationships: Academe, Academia
Derivative terms: Collegial

2. Noun. An institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university.
Generic synonyms: Educational Institution
Specialized synonyms: Business College, Junior College, Training College
Group relationships: University
Derivative terms: Collegial

3. Noun. A complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed.
Generic synonyms: Building Complex, Complex
Specialized synonyms: Dartmouth, Dartmouth College
Derivative terms: Collegial

Definition of College

1. n. A collection, body, or society of persons engaged in common pursuits, or having common duties and interests, and sometimes, by charter, peculiar rights and privileges; as, a college of heralds; a college of electors; a college of bishops.

Definition of College

1. Noun. An institution of further education at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19); sixth form. ¹

2. Noun. An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age). ¹

3. Noun. (British in the names of private schools) A secondary school. ¹

4. Noun. A non-specialized, semi-autonomous division of a university, with its own faculty, departments, library, etc. ¹

5. Noun. (Australia) A residential hall associated with a university, which may be independent or have its own tutors but is not involved in teaching. ¹

6. Noun. (context: loosely) Any institution of higher education. ¹

7. Noun. (American English) An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates and/or graduates. Nearly synonymous with university, with less emphasis on research and may, or may not, have graduate or doctoral programs. ¹

8. Noun. (US NZ) A specialized division of a university. ¹

9. Noun. (NZ) A high school or secondary school. ¹

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Definition of College

1. a school of higher learning [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of College

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collector of internal revenue
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college boy
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college student
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Literary usage of College

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1885)
"ORVILLE HORWITZ, Pennsylvania Hospital. Jefferson Medical college ... E. HUGHES, 52 North Thirteenth Street, Jefferson Medical college, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1906)
"Carleton college, Northfield, Minn. Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, Ohio. ... Clarkson School of Technology, Potsdam, NY Colorado college, ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1884)
"Jefferson Medical college, 1869. Pennsylvania college of Dental Surgery, 1884. ... Bellevue Medical college. 1873. Jefferson Medical college, 1877. ..."

4. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"INSTRUCTION OF LESS THAN college GRADE. Besides being publicly supervised and controlled, the instruction in a school or class established under the act ..."

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