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 collegeb : a preparatory or high schoolc : 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 thisd : a part of a university offering a specialized group of courses the university's college of pharmacye : an institution offering instruction usually in a professional, vocational, or technical field business college an embalming college
5a : a group of persons considered by law to be a unitb : 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.
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.
Recent Examples of college from the Web
On the morning of February 27, more than 70 presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) stood in a West Wing corridor, waiting to enter the Oval Office.
A lead organizer of the Women’s March on Washington is scheduled to speak at a college commencement ceremony in New York City, despite protests from critics who don’t like her views on Israel.
Facing high travel demand, airlines are cutting back on the number of planes and crews available to charter, leaving colleges and some pro sports leagues scrambling.
Davis said her office has worked out a memorandum of understanding between the company and the college to ensure Gary residents are trained to the company's standards.
As college costs have risen and student loans get larger, the amounts that are delinquent have been increasing.
Bonnie Brooks, the presenting series director and lead curator for the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, will depart the center effective May 31, concluding 18 years of leadership with the Dance Center and the college.
Maria, who was Amanda’s initial tennis inspiration, started playing at age 10 in Moscow and eventually set her sights on college tennis after the family moved to Florida to help her train.
Thursday marked the 100-day mark until the first Saturday of the 2017 college football season, a day that includes the mega-showdown between Alabama and Florida State at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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Origin and Etymology of college
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin collegium society, from collega colleague — more at colleague
First Known Use: 14th century
COLLEGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of college for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of college for Students
: a school that offers more advanced classes than a high school
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