a. An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science or both.
b. An undergraduate division or school of a university offering courses and granting degrees in a particular field or group of fields.
c. A junior or community college.
d. A school offering special instruction in a professional or technical subject: a medical college.
e. The students, faculty, and administration of one of these schools or institutions: new policies adopted by the college.
f. The building, buildings, or grounds where one of these schools or institutions is located: drove over to the college.
g. Chiefly British A self-governing society of scholars for study or instruction, incorporated within a university.
h. An institution for secondary education in France and certain other countries that is not supported by the state.
a. A body of persons having a common purpose or shared duties: a college of surgeons.
b. An electoral college.
3. A body of clerics living together on an endowment.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin collēgium, association; see COLLEGIUM.]
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