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Definition of College by Merriam-Webster

col·​lege | ˈkä-lij How to pronounce college (audio)

1 : a body of clergy living together and supported by a foundation

2 : a building used for an educational or religious purpose

3a : a self-governing constituent body of a university offering living quarters and sometimes instruction but not granting degrees

Balliol and Magdalen Colleges at Oxford

called also residential college

b : a preparatory or high school

c : an independent institution of higher learning offering a course of general studies leading to a bachelor’s degree

a liberal arts college

also : a university division offering this

d : a part of a university offering a specialized group of courses

the university’s college of pharmacy

e : an institution offering instruction usually in a professional, vocational, or technical field

business college an embalming college

4 : company, group specifically : an organized
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