in·​ter·​col·​le·​giate ˌin-tər-kə-ˈlē-jət How to pronounce intercollegiate (audio)
: existing, carried on, or participating in activities between colleges
intercollegiate athletics

Examples of intercollegiate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only 28 of these intercollegiate athletic programs generated more revenues than expenses in 2021-22 and 98.6 percent had operating losses covered by institutions using tuition and mandatory activity fee dollars generated from all students. Donna Lopiano, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 His teams won the state intercollegiate title in 1936 and the Mason-Dixon championship in 1949. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024 The event was organized by the Zeta Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest intercollegiate fraternity for Black men. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 That process took a full semester, but by the summer of 2023, Howard University’s figure skating team was officially formed, becoming the first intercollegiate team in the history of an HBCU. Melissa Noel, Essence, 31 Oct. 2023 The meet generally regarded as the first intercollegiate athletic contest, the 1852 Harvard-Yale boat race on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, was openly a profit-making event, sponsored by a railroad magnate conniving to gin up tourist interest in the lake and its environs. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Federer breaks the record of 12 straight finals victories shared by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. 2008 — Michigan’s 42-7 drubbing by Ohio State put a merciful end to the worst season in Michigan’s 129 years of intercollegiate football. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Howard University is now the first historically Black university in history to have an intercollegiate figure skating team. Melissa Noel, Essence, 31 Oct. 2023 The school is known for its intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups. Melissa Noel, Essence, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intercollegiate was circa 1874

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“Intercollegiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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in·​ter·​col·​le·​giate ˌint-ər-kə-ˈlē-j(ē-)ət How to pronounce intercollegiate (audio)
: existing or carried on between colleges
intercollegiate sports

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