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noun uni·ver·si·ty \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē, -ˈvər-stē\

: a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree) and where research is done

plural uni·ver·si·ties

Full Definition of UNIVERSITY

:  an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically :  one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor's degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master's degrees and doctorates
:  the physical plant of a university

Examples of UNIVERSITY

  1. I applied to several public universities.
  2. He lives near the university.


Middle English universite, from Anglo-French université, from Medieval Latin universitat-, universitas, from Latin universus
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis
UNIVERSITY Defined for Kids


noun uni·ver·si·ty \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē\
plural uni·ver·si·ties

Definition of UNIVERSITY for Kids

:  an institution of higher learning that gives degrees in special fields and where research is performed
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