college

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

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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But writing is a real skill, and colleges should measure it. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "Save the SAT Writing Test," 8 July 2018 Since 1980, whites and Asians have been overrepresented at the most selective colleges, while Latinos and blacks have been underrepresented, with the black student population essentially level during the past four decades. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "How Undoing Affirmative Action Hurts America's Colleges," 5 July 2018 Michael Domnitz, a fellow student at the time, remembers meeting Bobby and trying to persuade him that his identical double, a fellow named Eddy Galland, was enrolled at the college the previous year. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 In the wake of SI's story and documentary on the late college QB Tyler Hilinski, the co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation reacts and reflects. Chris Nowinski, SI.com, "A CTE Researcher Reflects on Tyler Hilinski's Suicide, Concussions and the Future of Football," 2 July 2018 The Democrats’ chief liability with (white, non-college-educated) swing voters on immigration, meanwhile, is not that the party failed to secure the southern border during Barack Obama’s time in office. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 The college hosts the Panther's annual training camp. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "In wake of NFL fine, here's the status of Jerry Richardson statues, stadium names," 2 July 2018 Claude Ford, 90, a University of the District of Columbia administrator who served two terms as interim president during moments of turmoil for the fledgling college, died May 27 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 13 July 2018 Anonymous in the South Dale Price with Access College America joins us to discuss how your student can find the right college for them. Houston Chronicle, "Hard-working college student strives to be more organized," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of college

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

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