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
As the start of the new season looms ever closer, two more Hurricanes have earned spots on the watch lists for two major college football awards.
DeVos needs to meet with students at K-12 schools and colleges across the country to understand the nature and extent of the problem and the department’s critical role in the solution.
The two threatened legal action and the college rebooked them for a different time.
In college football, that group includes Alabama for sure, plus Ohio State and perhaps Oklahoma.
Researchers noted that college graduates continue to earn more on average than those who don't earn postsecondary degrees.
This will hopefully provide for an increase in the number of students of color who have the opportunity to attend college.
Noah was motivated to drop out of college and join the army soon after the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers.
Busch was in college in 1983 when he was involved in a car crash in Arizona that killed a 22-year-old woman.
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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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