Col"lege (?), n. [F. college, L. collegium, fr. collega colleague. See Colleague.]


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.


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.

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


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

"The gate of Trinity College."



Fig.: A community.


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.


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