c.1300, "institution of higher learning," also "body of persons constituting a university," from Anglo-Fr. université
, O.Fr. universitei
(13c.), from M.L. universitatem
), in L.L. "corporation, society," from L., "the whole, aggregate," from universus
"whole, entire" (see universe
). In the academic sense, a shortening of universitas magistrorum et scholarium
"community of masters and scholars;" superseded studium
as the word for this.