Definition of college
What does the word college mean?
part of speech: noun
Body of colleagues with common functions& privileges (Sacred C., c. of cardinals, the Pope\'s council of 70; Herald\'s C. or C. of Arms; C. of Physicians, Preceptors, &c.); independent corporation of scholars in university, usu. with master, fellows, scholars& students not on foundation; similar foundation outside university (as Eton, Dulwich); small degree-giving university; institution for higher education affiliated to university; place of professional study (army, naval, of agriculture, &c.); large public secondary school (Marlborough); (pretentious name for) private school; buildings of any of these; c. living, benefice in gift of a c.; c.-pudding, small plum-pudding for one person. Hence collegial a. [old French]