The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.