Definition of collegial in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈliːdʒɪəl/
Pronunciation: /kəˈliːdʒ(ə)l/


1 another term for collegiate (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • He later abandoned his collegial pursuits and set out to forge a career as a full-time artist, as a means of providing for his, then unborn, child (his son is now four, and he also has a two-years-old daughter).
  • Any member of our community is free to express their views on any topic, subject - of course, to our normal rules of collegial behaviour,’ he said.
  • A top Harvard science professor says that the preferences given to female and minority scientists in lab-space allocation and other perks do not always make for happy collegial relations.
2Relating to or involving shared responsibility, as among a group of colleagues: judges cultivate a collegial atmosphere in instructing the jury
More example sentences
  • There's such a collegial atmosphere among the contestants.
  • There's a pleasant collegial atmosphere among the group, and many humorous anecdotes about the origins of the movie and the experience of filming it are batted around.
  • The official doctrine is that the prime minister is simply the first among equals, and the rule of collective responsibility emphasizes the collegial character of the cabinet.



Pronunciation: /kəliːdʒɪˈalɪti/
Example sentences
  • In attacking the bank's handling of the foreign exchange scandal, she cited the Warren Buffett comment that the atmosphere in a boardroom can lead to collegiality trumping independence.
  • There's a camaraderie, a collegiality among former presidents and present presidents and first ladies that I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.
  • ‘Those who are with the civil rights agenda must not choose collegiality over civil rights and social justice,’ says the Rev.


Late Middle English: from Old French collegial or late Latin collegialis, from collegium 'partnership' (see college).

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