college Definition

  • 1an educational institution or establishment, in particular one providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training
  • 2a constituent part of a university, providing courses of instruction in the liberal arts and sciences, usually leading to a bachelor's degree

Using college: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "college" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is studying medicine at college.

  • Example

    He graduated from college with a degree in engineering.

  • Example

    The college offers courses in business and technology.

  • Example

    I'm going to college next year to study law.

college Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with college

  • a nonresidential junior college established to serve a specific community and typically supported in part by local government funds


    She started her studies at a community college before transferring to a four-year university.

  • a town dominated by the presence of a college or university


    The small college town was quiet during the summer months when most students were away.

  • an academic degree awarded by a college or university upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate program


    She earned a college degree in psychology before pursuing a career in social work.

Origins of college

from Old French 'colège', from Latin 'collegium', meaning 'community, society, guild'


Summary: college in Brief

A 'college' [ˈkɒlɪdʒ] is an educational institution that provides higher education or specialized professional or vocational training. It can also refer to a constituent part of a university that offers courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Examples include 'She is studying medicine at college.' and 'I'm going to college next year to study law.' Phrases like 'community college' and 'college degree' are also common.

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