Definition of collegium in English:


Line breaks: col|le¦gium
Pronunciation: /kəˈliːdʒɪəm

noun (plural collegia /kəˈliːdʒɪə, -dʒə/)

  • 1 (in full collegium musicum) (plural collegia musica) A society of amateur musicians, especially one attached to a German or US university.
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    • University towns established a number of collegia musica, and concert societies came into being.
    • By the 1730s coffee had become the hot new drink in Leipzig, and Bach and his collegium of music students would meet to perform each Friday evening at Zimmerman's Coffee House.
  • 2 historical An advisory or administrative board in Russia.


late 19th century: from Latin, literally 'association'.

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