col·​le·​gi·​um kə-ˈle-gē-əm How to pronounce collegium (audio) -ˈlā- How to pronounce collegium (audio)
plural collegia kə-ˈle-gē-ə How to pronounce collegium (audio)
or collegiums
: a group in which each member has approximately equal power and authority

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English contains many words that were borrowed from Latin, either directly or often by way of French, which began to influence the development of English after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Collegium is borrowed from Latin as well, but its journey into the English language made an unusual stop at Russian, a Slavic language. Russian borrowed the Latin collegium ("society") as kollegiya, a word used for an advisory board or committee whose members share power. Kollegiya entered the English language in 1917, and with gradual modifications it was eventually restored to its original Latin spelling.

Examples of collegium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That year, through an act of Parliament, the government set up the National Judicial Appointments Commission, a mechanism for granting the executive significant powers in the appointment of judges, with the ultimate aim of ending the collegium system. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 3 Feb. 2024 During this long legal tussle, the collegium that first recommended Kirpal for promotion in October 2017 stood by him. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 18 Apr. 2023 All have performed with the collegium. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 The season will continue the collegium’s exploration of popular works. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021

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Word History


modification of Russian kollegiya, from Latin collegium

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collegium was in 1917


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“Collegium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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