Definition of “college” - English Dictionary

“college” in British English

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collegenoun

uk /ˈkɒl.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈkɑː.lɪdʒ/

college noun (EDUCATION)

[ C or U ] US a university where you can study for an undergraduate (= first) degree:

I met my husband when we were in college.
They want their kids to go to (= study at) college.

A2 [ C or U ] any place for specialized education after the age of 16 where people study or train to get knowledge and/or skills:

a teacher training college
a secretarial college
a Naval college
She's at art college.
UK a sixth form college

[ C ] one of the separate and named parts into which some universities are divided:

King's College, Cambridge
I attended the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University.
Cambridge has some very fine old colleges (= college buildings).

[ C ] in Britain and Australia, used in the names of some schools for children, especially private schools (= where education is paid for by parents):

Cheltenham Ladies' College

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college noun (GROUP)

[ C ] a group of people with a particular job, purpose, duty, or power who are organized into a group for sharing ideas, making decisions, etc.:

the Royal College of Medicine/Nursing

(Definition of “college” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“college” in American English

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collegenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑl·ɪdʒ/

a place of higher education usually for people who have finished twelve years of schooling and where they can obtain more advanced knowledge and get a degree to recognize this

A college is also one of the separate parts into which some universities are divided:

She graduated from the university’s College of Business Management.

(Definition of “college” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)