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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The Virginia resident, who is taking a break from college, is selling prints of the work online as Valentine’s cards. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "No One’s Making Sweethearts This Year, Crushing Lovers of Valentine’s Day Candy," 11 Feb. 2019 Season 2 is apparently what the group is now doing post-college, as a group of friends dealing with temptations and stresses in the real world, and was filmed over the summer in 2018—just before Randolph started filming The Bachelor. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Star Cassie Randolph Is Starring On Another Reality Show As Well," 6 Feb. 2019 In cities across the country, driverless shuttles popped up on college campuses or along tourist corridors, making slow but important trips at around 20 mph. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 These land-grant colleges, through which the extension service was later set up, were gradually established throughout the country. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "There Is a Government Employee Who Will Help You Cultivate Hemp for CBD Oil," 10 Dec. 2018 For many Congressional leaders, making it in today’s D.C. means finding roommates, including adopting living situations more akin to broke college students. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 Those policies, Methvin says, include universal healthcare, debt-free college, and a $15 minimum wage. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 After a few tales about college hi-jinx and first impression roses, one woman, Elyse, stood up and revealed that Colton Underwood, at 26, is the first younger guy she's dated. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "On The Bachelor, A Woman Over 27 Is Considered a 'Cougar'," 15 Jan. 2019 In a show of support from the Queen, two of the patronages have been handed down by Her Majesty: The National Theatre and The ACU, which represents college education across all 53 Commonwealth countries. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Selected Her First Four Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 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 \

Kids Definition of college

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

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