Definition of college in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlɪdʒ/


1An educational institution or establishment, in particular:
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  • For example, when Ataturk was bringing modern Turkey into being, he closed down all the madrasas, the colleges of further education.
  • Pupils will be able to spend time in work placements and further education colleges, as well as in school.
  • The college was re-opened more than a decade later as a college of continuing education.
1.1One providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training: colleges of further education I’m at college, studying graphic design
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  • Also, men and women who did not go to college after finishing high school were not included in the sample.
  • The whole system here is from high school through to colleges through to the professional leagues, is all designed to develop those top 100 players.
  • At college, his professors thought he was crazy to be in school because he could make a lot more money as a bricklayer.
educational institution, training establishment, centre of learning, seat of learning;
school, academy, university, institute, seminary, conservatory, conservatoire
historical polytechnic
1.2(In Britain) any of the independent institutions into which certain universities are separated, each having its own teaching staff, students, and buildings: the Oxford colleges [in names]: Trinity College, Cambridge
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  • Sustainable sources such as solar and hydroelectric energy are now used to power many of the university's buildings and colleges.
  • Much of the mystique of Oxford lies in the ancient and beautiful buildings of the colleges of the university.
  • With a few exceptions, all are students from various colleges of Delhi University and some even from schools.
1.3British A private secondary school: [in names]: Eton College
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  • Some private schools and colleges still reject the public school position which consists of accepting the standard of the age and teaching political correctness.
  • This sort of curriculum was strongest in the private colleges and state high schools, opening for many of their pupils a pathway to the professions.
  • St James's Street CBS and the Institute of Education run repeat Leaving Cert classes as do as many other public and private schools and colleges.
1.4US A university offering a limited curriculum or teaching only to a bachelor’s degree: [in names]: Harvard College
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  • The survey looked at students who had graduated with a degree, a diploma or a certificate from a college or university bachelor's program.
  • Many colleges have degree completion programs designed to help adult learners finish what they started.
  • The students hail from 35 states, and the college offers associates and bachelor of arts degrees.
1.5The teaching staff and students of a college considered collectively: the college was shocked by his death
2An organized group of professional people with particular aims, duties, and privileges: [in names]: the Royal College of Physicians
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  • While doctors have influenced world events by personal interaction, and can do so again, the involvement of our professional organisations and colleges has generally been perfunctory.
  • We need to set our own house in order and should all be striving to foster working environments free of bullies, whether in our hospitals, practices, professional organisations, or colleges.
  • An audit represents systematic monitoring of specific aspects of care; it is somewhat formal, being set up and organised by national colleges and regional committees.
association, society, club, group, band, circle, fellowship, body, guild, lodge, order, fraternity, confraternity, brotherhood, sisterhood, sorority, league, union, alliance, affiliation, institution, coterie, federation
rare sodality


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin collegium 'partnership', from collega 'partner in office', from col- 'together with' + legare 'depute'.

Words that rhyme with college

acknowledge, foreknowledge, knowledge

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