Hypertext Webster Gateway: "college"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

Heb. mishneh (2 Kings 22:14; 2 Chr. 34:22), rendered in Revised
Version "second quarter", the residence of the prophetess
Huldah. The Authorized Version followed the Jewish commentators,
who, following the Targum, gave the Hebrew word its
post-Biblical sense, as if it meant a place of instruction. It
properly means the "second," and may therefore denote the lower
city (Acra), which was built after the portion of the city on
Mount Zion, and was enclosed by a second wall.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

College \Col"lege\, n. [F. coll[`e]ge, L. collegium, fr. collega
colleague. See {Colleague}.]
1. A collection, body, or society of persons engaged in
common pursuits, or having common duties and interests,
and sometimes, by charter, peculiar rights and privileges;
as, a college of heralds; a college of electors; a college
of bishops.

The college of the cardinals. --Shak.

Then they made colleges of sufferers; persons who,
to secure their inheritance in the world to come,
did cut off all their portion in this. --Jer.

2. A society of scholars or friends of learning, incorporated
for study or instruction, esp. in the higher branches of
knowledge; as, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge
Universities, and many American colleges.

Note: In France and some other parts of continental Europe,
college is used to include schools occupied with
rudimentary studies, and receiving children as pupils.

3. A building, or number of buildings, used by a college.
``The gate of Trinity College.'' --Macaulay.

4. Fig.: A community. [R.]

Thick as the college of the bees in May. --Dryden.

{College of justice}, a term applied in Scotland to the
supreme civil courts and their principal officers.

{The sacred college}, the college or cardinals at Rome.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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 a college is housed

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