College

Col"lege

(?), n. [F. collge, L. collegium, fr. collega colleague. See Colleague.] 1. A collection, body, or society of persons engaged in common pursuits, or having common duties and interests, and sometimes, by charter, peculiar rights and privileges; as, a college of heralds; a college of electors; a college of bishops.
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The college of the cardinals.
Shak.
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Then they made colleges of sufferers; persons who, to secure their inheritance in the world to come, did cut off all their portion in this.
Jer. Taylor.
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2. A society of scholars or friends of learning, incorporated for study or instruction, esp. in the higher branches of knowledge; as, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and many American colleges.
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In France and some other parts of continental Europe, college is used to include schools occupied with rudimentary studies, and receiving children as pupils.
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3. A building, or number of buildings, used by a college. "The gate of Trinity College." Macaulay.
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4. Fig.: A community. [R.]
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Thick as the college of the bees in May.
Dryden.
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College of justice, a term applied in Scotland to the supreme civil courts and their principal officers. -- The sacred college, the college or cardinals at Rome.
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