What does College mean?

Definitions for College
ˈkɒl ɪdʒcol·lege

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. College

    A college (Latin: collegium) is an educational institution or a constituent part of one. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, a part of a collegiate or federal university, an institution offering vocational education, or a secondary school. In most of the world, a college may be a high school or secondary school, a college of further education, a training institution that awards trade qualifications, a higher-education provider that does not have university status (often without its own degree-awarding powers), or a constituent part of a university. In the United States, a college may offer undergraduate programs – either as an independent institution or as the undergraduate program of a university – or it may be a residential college of a university or a community college, referring to (primarily public) higher education institutions that aim to provide affordable and accessible education, usually limited to two-year associate degrees. The word is generally also used as a synonym for a university in the US. Colleges in countries such as France, Belgium, and Switzerland provide secondary education.


  1. college

    A college is an institution of higher learning that provides undergraduate and often graduate programs, in a variety of study fields. It grants degrees, such as associate, bachelor's or master's degrees, to students who have completed a particular course of study. College education typically follows secondary school and aims to prepare students for professional careers or further academic studies.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, College is ranked #49365 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The College surname appeared 426 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname College.

    92.4% or 394 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 14 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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. Steven Menashi:

    So, Senator, that has come up, it's something that I have -- wrote in college. Let me be clear : There is no comparison to be made between the Nuremberg Laws and any activity that goes on on a college campus. I did not believe that 20 years ago when I wrote something in college and I don't believe that today.

  2. Sheryl Hart:

    It doesn't mean that if u dont finish college u can't get the good job. Many college graduate dont have job and some of it working but not on their field of study.

  3. Associated Press:

    Regarding my college education, I attended Gulf Coast Community College for two years then transferred to Valdosta State University in the pursuit of my Bachelors of Arts in Music, however, after one semester at Valdosta State University, I had to withdraw and enter the workforce. Through the years I tried to re-enter college but, like many working families, I faced significant barriers to completing my degree.

  4. Tom Nolan:

    Emmanuel College in Boston's Emmanuel College in Boston that I'm aware of where Emmanuel College in Boston has a police review agency that actually has the authority to terminate the chief for cause, or to recommend to the mayor that the chief be terminated without cause.

  5. Richard V. Spencer:

    Rear Admiral Chatfield is a historic choice for The Naval War College. She is the embodiment of the type of warrior-scholar we need now to lead this storied institution as it educates our next generation of leaders, as our Education for Seapower( E4S) Study noted, our capacity for critical thinking in an age of increasing complexity will be our most important strategic advantage. Rear Admiral Chatfield will play a pivotal role in leading The Naval War College as The Naval War College integrates into the new Naval University system we are now establishing to foster a culture of continuous learning in the naval services.

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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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