noun, col·lege often attributive \ˈkä-lij\

: a school in the U.S. that you go to after high school : a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree)

: a part of an American university that offers courses in a specified subject

: a school in Britain that offers advanced training in a specified subject

Full Definition of COLLEGE

:  a body of clergy living together and supported by a foundation
:  a building used for an educational or religious purpose
a :  a self-governing constituent body of a university offering living quarters and sometimes instruction but not granting degrees <Balliol and Magdalen Colleges at Oxford> —called also residential college
b :  a preparatory or high school
c :  an independent institution of higher learning offering a course of general studies leading to a bachelor's degree; also :  a university division offering this
d :  a part of a university offering a specialized group of courses
e :  an institution offering instruction usually in a professional, vocational, or technical field <business college>
:  company, group; specifically :  an organized body of persons engaged in a common pursuit or having common interests or duties
a :  a group of persons considered by law to be a unit
b :  a body of electors — compare electoral college
:  the faculty, students, or administration of a college

Examples of COLLEGE

  1. She teaches art at a local college.
  2. He graduated from one of the country's best colleges.
  3. She attended a business college.
  4. He attended college for several years, but didn't graduate.
  5. She dropped out of college.
  6. I went to Mount Holyoke College.
  7. When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester in Spain.
  8. the Edinburgh College of Art
  9. the London College of Fashion
  10. She is attending fashion college.

Origin of COLLEGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin collegium society, from collega colleague — more at colleague
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

Rhymes with COLLEGE

COLLEGE Defined for Kids


noun col·lege \ˈkä-lij\

Definition of COLLEGE for Kids

:  a school that offers more advanced classes than a high school
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