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COLLEGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does college mean? 

COLLEGE (noun)
  The noun COLLEGE has 4 senses:

1. the body of faculty and students of a college
2. an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university
3. British slang for prison
4. a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed

  Familiarity information: COLLEGE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COLLEGE (noun)


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Meaning:

The body of faculty and students of a college

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("college" is a kind of...):

body (a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "college"):

business college (a school for teaching the clerical aspects of business and commerce)

junior college (a college that offers only the first two years terminating in an associate degree)

training college (a school providing training for a special field or profession)

Holonyms ("college" is a part of...):

academe; academia (the academic world)

Holonyms ("college" is a member of...):

college (an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university)


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Meaning:

An institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("college" is a kind of...):

educational institution (an institution dedicated to education)

Meronyms (members of "college"):

college (the body of faculty and students of a college)

Holonyms ("college" is a member of...):

university (a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees)


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Meaning:

British slang for prison

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("college" is a kind of...):

prison; prison house (a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment)


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Meaning:

A complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("college" is a kind of...):

building complex; complex (a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures)

Instance hyponyms:

Dartmouth; Dartmouth College (a college in New Hampshire)


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