Definitions for: College


[n] a complex of buildings in which a college is housed
[n] British slang for prison
[n] the body of faculty and students of a college
[n] an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university



Webster (1913) Definition: Col"lege, n. [F. coll[`e]ge, L. collegium, fr. collega
colleague. See Colleague.]
1. A collection, body, or society of persons engaged in
common pursuits, or having common duties and interests,
and sometimes, by charter, peculiar rights and privileges;
as, a college of heralds; a college of electors; a college
of bishops.

The college of the cardinals. --Shak.

Then they made colleges of sufferers; persons who,
to secure their inheritance in the world to come,
did cut off all their portion in this. --Jer.
Taylor.

2. A society of scholars or friends of learning, incorporated
for study or instruction, esp. in the higher branches of
knowledge; as, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge
Universities, and many American colleges.

Note: In France and some other parts of continental Europe,
college is used to include schools occupied with
rudimentary studies, and receiving children as pupils.

3. A building, or number of buildings, used by a college.
``The gate of Trinity College.'' --Macaulay.

4. Fig.: A community. [R.]

Thick as the college of the bees in May. --Dryden.

College of justice, a term applied in Scotland to the
supreme civil courts and their principal officers.

The sacred college, the college or cardinals at Rome.

See Also: academe, academia, body, building complex, business college, college, complex, educational institution, junior college, prison, prison house, training college, university

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