an institution of higher learning, especially one providing a general or liberal arts education rather than technical or professional training. Compare university.
a constituent unit of a university, furnishing courses of instruction in the liberal arts and sciences, usually leading to a bachelor's degree.
an institution for vocational, technical, or professional instruction, as in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, or music, often a part of a university.
an endowed, self-governing association of scholars incorporated within a university, as at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England.
a similar corporation outside a university.
the building or buildings occupied by an institution of higher education.
the administrators, faculty, and students of a college.
(in Britain and Canada) a private secondary school.
an organized association of persons having certain powers and rights, and performing certain duties or engaged in a particular pursuit: The electoral college formally selects the president.
a company; assemblage.
Also called collegium. a body of clergy living together on a foundation for religious service or similar activity.
British Slang. a prison.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin collēgium, equivalent to col- col-1 + lēg-, variant stem of legere to gather + -ium -ium; cf. colleague

postcollege, noun, adjective
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college (ˈkɒlɪdʒ)
1.  an institution of higher education; part of a university
2.  a school or an institution providing specialized courses or teaching: a college of music
3.  the building or buildings in which a college is housed
4.  the staff and students of a college
5.  See also Sacred College an organized body of persons with specific rights and duties: an electoral college
6.  a body of clerics living in community and supported by endowment
7.  chiefly (Brit) an obsolete slang word for prison
[C14: from Latin collēgium company, society, band of associates, from collēga; see colleague]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. collége, from L. collegium "community, society, guild," lit. "association of collegae" (see colleague). First meaning any corporate group, the sense of "academic institution" became principal in 19c. through Oxford and Cambridge, where it had been used since late 14c.
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Bible Dictionary

College definition

Heb. mishneh (2 Kings 22:14; 2 Chr. 34:22), rendered in Revised Version "second quarter", the residence of the prophetess Huldah. The Authorized Version followed the Jewish commentators, who, following the Targum, gave the Hebrew word its post-Biblical sense, as if it meant a place of instruction. It properly means the "second," and may therefore denote the lower city (Acra), which was built after the portion of the city on Mount Zion, and was enclosed by a second wall.

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Example sentences
Students come to universities with a remarkably materialistic view of what a
  college education can provide.
If you borrowed money and went to a college where the education didn't create
  any value, that is potentially a really big mistake.
Education planning and preparing for college can begin as early as families
  wish to do so.
Alcohol education, alcohol screening: college drinking.
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