Definition of collegian in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈlējən/ /kəˈlidʒən/


  • A member of a college, especially within a university.

    ‘This farce is set in the upper-crust atmosphere of England's Oxford University in 1892, where the trio of collegians try every trick in the book to keep their secret liaisons a secret.’
    • ‘Missy Buttry, a senior at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, became the first collegian to win a third consecutive national cross-country title.’
    • ‘For young collegians, it can serve as a reminder of the glory days of our national sport.’
    • ‘He was also supported by many collegians, scholars, civic activists and legislators, mostly those associated with the ruling Uri Party and the Democratic Labor Party.’


Late Middle English from medieval Latin collegianus, from collegium ‘partnership’ (see college).