college

noun, often attributive
col·​lege | \ ˈkä-lij How to pronounce college (audio) \

Definition of college

1 : a body of clergy living together and supported by a foundation
2 : a building used for an educational or religious purpose
3a : 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 a liberal arts college also : a university division offering this
d : a part of a university offering a specialized group of courses the university's college of pharmacy
e : an institution offering instruction usually in a professional, vocational, or technical field business college an embalming college
4 : company, group specifically : an organized body of persons engaged in a common pursuit or having common interests or duties a college of cardinals serving as papal councillors and electors
5a : a group of persons considered by law to be a unit
b : a body of electors — compare electoral college
6 : the faculty, students, or administration of a college The college was at the football game in force.

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Examples of college in a Sentence

She teaches art at a local college. He graduated from one of the country's best colleges. She attended a business college. He attended college for several years, but didn't graduate. She dropped out of college. I went to Mount Holyoke College. When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester in Spain. the Edinburgh College of Art the London College of Fashion She is attending fashion college.
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Starting next year, students who take truck driving classes at Alabama community colleges and technical colleges will receive instruction on how to recognize, prevent, and report human trafficking. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama truck drivers enlisted in battle against human trafficking," 12 Aug. 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who spent more than 30 years molding some of the best players at the position at both the college and professional level, has died. baltimoresun.com, "Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies at 62," 11 Aug. 2019 The agreement calls for an independent monitor to track the district’s progress, create a desegregation advisory group, establish a scholarship program and provide college and career guidance for students. Washington Post, "Wealthy San Francisco suburb agrees to desegregate school," 10 Aug. 2019 The problem is, our colleges and universities aren’t particularly good at producing them. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Fixing the College-Dropout Problem," 9 Aug. 2019 In the Southern California meet in Cerritos, the women’s team finished third behind Los Angeles Harbor and Mount San Antonio college and the men placed fourth. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Conference titles highlight 2018-2019 campaign for Glendale Community College," 9 Aug. 2019 Today 8m are in tertiary education, a term that includes vocational colleges and universities. The Economist, "A booming population is putting strain on Africa’s universities," 8 Aug. 2019 Some, like Jesse Sapolu, Junior Seau and Troy Polamalu, would go on to become college and NFL stars. Rob Ruck, The Conversation, "I traveled to American Samoa 5 times to study the secret to its football success," 8 Aug. 2019 As if all of that isn’t enough, older teens also tend to worry about the future (getting a job, college, and so on). Tamekia Reece, Good Housekeeping, "How to Spot and Treat Anxiety in Kids, According to Child Psychologists," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of college

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for college

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin collegium society, from collega colleague — more at colleague

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The first known use of college was in the 14th century

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college

noun

English Language Learners Definition of college

: 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

college

noun
col·​lege | \ ˈkä-lij How to pronounce college (audio) \

Kids Definition of college

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

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