college - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] in the UK, a place that gives students qualifications below the level of a university degree, often in the skills they need to do a particular job

    He teaches cookery at the local college.

    I’ve just started a college course.

    be at college (=be studying at college):

    She’s at secretarial college.

    go to college:

    Paul’s going to college in September.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] in the UK, a place that gives students degrees in a particular subject

      art/agricultural college

    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] in the US, a place that gives students degrees
    3. c.
      [countable] one of the parts that some universities are divided into

      King’s College, Cambridge

    4. d.
      [singular] all the students and teachers in a college

      The whole college was talking about it.

  2. 3


    used in the names of some British private schools

    Eton College