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[kuh-lee-juh n, -jee-uh n] /kəˈli dʒən, -dʒi ən/
a student in, or a graduate of, a college.
a member of a college.
Origin of collegian
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin collēgiānus, equivalent to collēgi(um) college + -ānus -an
Related forms
postcollegian, noun Unabridged
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  • He was the only collegian for a long time who had not worn the proper cap.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • As it approached, there was not a collegian within doors, nor a turnkey absent.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I noticed that there was less room than usual to-night between the collegian's chair and mine.

    Twice Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Of this truth no one of our teachers, when I was a collegian, seemed to have a suspicion.

  • By this time the collegian would be up with him, and he would paternally add,'What have you forgotten?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The collegian danced and drove and flirted and dined and sang the night away.

    Ars Recte Vivende George William Curtis
  • He relished it with all the curiosity of a youth and the gusto of a collegian.

  • Well, Sis, there is no use making a wry face about it, the collegian said.

  • The collegian expressed a mild desire to see something of police-station life.

    Tales From Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Lidgerwood's laugh was as hearty as Van Lew's or the collegian's.

British Dictionary definitions for collegian


a current member of a college; student
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for collegian

late 14c., from college + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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