col·​le·​giate kə-ˈlē-jət How to pronounce collegiate (audio)
: of or relating to a collegiate church
a collegiate pastor
: of, relating to, or comprising a college
collegiate campuses
collegiate mascots
: designed for or characteristic of college students
collegiate athletics
collegiate organizations
collegiate student housing
collegiately adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In real life, Diana had a penchant for collegiate sweatshirts, and The Crown's costume department made sure to depict that in the series with her iconic Harvard cowlneck. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 25 Nov. 2022 In place of Jackson-Davis, freshman Malik Reneau got his first collegiate start. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Nov. 2022 The collegiate careers of USF freshmen Hannah Burns and Cade Mendoza will be all post-ACL recovery. Marisa Ingemi, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2022 The younger Power-Cassidy is one example of basketball’s global influence reaching the local collegiate stage. Ethan Fuller,, 22 Nov. 2022 Johnson eventually took over the film society and financed his college education by setting up collegiate film societies around the country. Arkansas Online, 21 Nov. 2022 According to Baseball For All, a nonprofit that works to improve gender equity in baseball, at least eight women will play on collegiate baseball teams in the 2023 season, but none at the Division 1 level Pichardo will be on. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2022 This bomber has a collegiate aesthetic, featuring a crewneck collar with slash pockets reminiscent of varsity jackets. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 19 Nov. 2022 Inspired by her collegiate experience, Pryor launched the non-profit Relentless Rowing Academy, dedicated to offering BIPOC and para athletes education, financial support, and mentorship to excel in rowing. Michelle Konstantinovsky, SELF, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin collegiatus, from Latin collegium

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of collegiate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Collegiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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col·​le·​giate kə-ˈlē-jət How to pronounce collegiate (audio)
: of or relating to a college
: of, relating to, or characteristic of college students
collegiate sports

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