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) , -​ˈlā-​ \ or collegiums

Definition of collegium

: 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.

First Known Use of collegium

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collegium

modification of Russian kollegiya, from Latin collegium

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“Collegium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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