- 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
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.
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
&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."
4. Fig.: A community. [R.]
Thick as the college of the bees in
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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