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  • An institution of at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19). See also: sixth-form college.
  • An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).
  • (Used mainly in the formal names of private schools) A secondary school (Eton College).
  • A non-specialized, semi-autonomous division of a university, with its own faculty, departments, library, etc (Pembroke College, Cambridge; Balliol College, Oxford; University College London).
  • (Loosely) Any institution of higher education.
  • (In the US) An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates.
  • (In the US) A specialized division of a university (College of Engineering).
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

COLLEGE. Newgate or any other prison. New College:
the Royal Exchange. King's College: the King's Bench
prison. He has been educated at the steel, and took his
last degree at college; he has received his education at
the house of correction, and was hanged at Newgate.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Col"lege (?), n. [F. collège, 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.

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.

&fist; 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.

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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