What does College mean?

Definitions for College
ˈkɒl ɪdʒCol·lege

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word College.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. collegenoun

    the body of faculty and students of a college

  2. collegenoun

    an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university

  3. collegenoun

    a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed


  1. collegenoun

    An institution of further education at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19); sixth form.

  2. collegenoun

    An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).

  3. collegenoun

    A secondary school.

    Eton College

  4. collegenoun

    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

  5. collegenoun

    A residential hall associated with a university, which may be independent or have its own tutors but is not involved in teaching.

  6. collegenoun

    Any institution of higher education.

  7. collegenoun

    An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates and/or graduates. Nearly synonymous with university, with less emphasis on research and may, or may not, have graduate or doctoral programs.

  8. collegenoun

    A specialized division of a university.

    College of Engineering

  9. collegenoun

    A high school or secondary school.

  10. Etymology: From college, from collegium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COLLEGEnoun

    Etymology: collegium, Latin.

    On barbed steeds they rode in proud array,
    Thick as the college of the bees in May. Dryden.

    He is return’d with his opinions, which
    Have satisfied the king for his divorce,
    Gather’d from all the famous colleges
    Almost in Christendom. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I would the college of the cardinals
    Would chuse him pope, and carry him to Rome. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    This order or society is sometimes called Solomon’s house, and sometimes the college of the six days work. Francis Bacon.

    Huldah the prophetess dwelt in Jerusalem in the college. 2 Kings xxii. 14.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collegenoun

    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

  2. Collegenoun

    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

  3. Collegenoun

    a building, or number of buildings, used by a college

  4. Collegenoun

    fig.: A community

  5. Etymology: [F. collge, L. collegium, fr. collega colleague. See Colleague.]


  1. College

    A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of one. Usage of the word college varies in English-speaking nations. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, a part of a collegiate university, or an institution offering vocational education. In the United States, "college" formally refers to a constituent part of a university, although in Ireland and in some cases in the US, "college" and "university" are interchangeable, whereas in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and other former and present Commonwealth nations, "college" may refer to a secondary or high school, a college of further education, a training institution that awards trade qualifications, or a constituent part of a university.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. College

    kol′ej, n. an incorporation, company, or society of persons joined together generally for literary or scientific purposes, and often possessing peculiar or exclusive privileges: a member of the body known as the university: (U.S.) often used as the equivalent of university: a seminary of learning: a literary, political, or religious institution: the edifice appropriated to a college.—n. Coll′eger, inmate of a college: one of the seventy foundationers at Eton College.—adj. Collē′gial, pertaining to a college.—ns. Collē′gian, a member or inhabitant of a college: (slang) inmate of a prison; Collē′gianer, a member of a college, a student.—adj. Collē′giate, pertaining to or resembling a college: containing a college, as a town; instituted like a college: corporate.—n. inmate of a prison, &c.—College of Arms, Heralds' College, a collegiate body incorporated in 1483, presided over by the Earl Marshal, and including Garter, principal King-of-arms, Clarenceux, and Norroy, besides six heralds and four pursuivants: College of Justice, in Scotland, a great forensic society, composed of judges, advocates, writers to the signet, and solicitors.—Collegiate church, Collegial church, a church so called from having a college or chapter, consisting of a dean or provost and canons, attached to it (in Scotland, a church occupied by two or more pastors of equal rank—also Collegiate charge). [Fr. collège—L. collegium, from col, and legĕre, to gather.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. college

    A place where you have to go in order to find out that there is nothing in it. (See Marriage.)

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Fr. _colle_, pasted or stuck, and _etude_, study. A place where everyone is stuck on study. (?)

Editors Contribution

  1. college

    A type of education system for the provision of education, learning, training, instruction for a range of curriculum, courses and study for students with just sufficient classrooms, buildings and appropriate forms of housing, leisure and sports facilities, gym, space for vehicles and bicycles, open space and landscaping, provided as a goodwill gesture to members of the public and paid for with a variety of local unity government funding, regional unity government funding, national unity government funding, european unity government funding, international unity government funding, business funding, philanthropy income, music artist philanthropy income, citizen income and crowdfunding.

    Colleges are an amazing place to learn, grow, mature, develop and have fun.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'College' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1011

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'College' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1035

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'College' in Nouns Frequency: #346

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of College in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of College in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of College in a Sentence

  1. Jack Graham:

    You need to see this coming. It’s coming your way. It’s coming to a town, a city, a university, a college, a church near you.

  2. Education Secretary Arne Duncan:

    I believe parents, and teachers and students have both the right and the absolute need to know how much progress all students are making each year towards college and career readiness.

  3. Mark Hyman:

    The line between professional and college and youth sports has really narrowed.

  4. Artheta Peters:

    He would have been the first kid in the Peters family to attend college, but unfortunately, due to my income, I can't afford for him to attend college.

  5. Helen Keller:

    College isn't the place to go for ideas.

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Translations for College

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  • كلية, معهدArabic
  • মহাবিদ্যালয়Bengali
  • kolejCzech
  • colegWelsh
  • kollegiumDanish
  • Berufsfachschule, Fachhochschule, Berufskolleg, FachschuleGerman
  • σχολή, κολέγιο, ΚολλέγιοGreek
  • colegio, facultadSpanish
  • آموزشگاه, کالج, دانشكدهPersian
  • tiedekunta, opiskelu, oppilaitos, opsto, aikuisoppilaitos, akatemia, [[toisen]] [[asteen]] [[oppilaitos]], ammattikunta, asuntola, korkeakoulu, yliopisto, kollegio, opisto, ammattikorkeakouluFinnish
  • מכללהHebrew
  • कॉलेज, कालेजHindi
  • főiskolaHungarian
  • perguruan tinggiIndonesian
  • UniversitàItalian
  • 学園, 単科大学, 学部, 学寮, 大学, 寮Japanese
  • koledžasLithuanian
  • kāretiMāori
  • училиште, факултет, академија, виша школа, институтMacedonian
  • kolej, maktabMalay
  • faculteitDutch
  • høyskoleNorwegian
  • setor, IES, [[instituição]] [[de]] [[ensino superior]], faculdade, colégioPortuguese
  • școală secundară, colegiu, institut, facultateRomanian
  • корпорация, колледж, институт, техникум, отделение, ПТУ, вуз, высшая школа, факультет, училище, общежитие, коллегияRussian
  • visoka škola, institut, veleučilište, učilište, viša škola, факу̀лте̄т, koledž, fakùltētSerbo-Croatian
  • vysoká školaSlovak
  • högskolaSwedish
  • கல்லூரிTamil
  • kolejTurkish
  • 学院Chinese

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