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Meaning of college

col•lege

Pronunciation: (kol'ij), [key]
— n.
  1. an institution of higher learning, esp. one providing a general or liberal arts education rather than technical or professional training. Cf. university.
  2. a constituent unit of a university, furnishing courses of instruction in the liberal arts and sciences, usually leading to a bachelor's degree.
  3. an institution for vocational, technical, or professional instruction, as in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, or music, often a part of a university.
  4. an endowed, self-governing association of scholars incorporated within a university, as at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England.
  5. a similar corporation outside a university.
  6. the building or buildings occupied by an institution of higher education.
  7. the administrators, faculty, and students of a college.
  8. (in Britain and Canada) a private secondary school.
  9. an organized association of persons having certain powers and rights, and performing certain duties or engaged in a particular pursuit: The electoral college formally selects the president.
  10. a company; assemblage.
  11. Also calleda body of clergy living together on a foundation for religious service or similar activity.
  12. a prison.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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