- 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 .
- A building, or number of buildings, used by a college."The gate of Trinity College." [Macaulay.]
- Fig.: A community.(R)"Thick as the college of the bees in May." [Dryden.]
Note: ☞ In France and some other parts of continental Europe, college is used to include schools occupied with rudimentary studies, and receiving children as pupils.
Etymology: F. collège, L. collegium, fr. collega colleague. See Colleague