Definition of collegium in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈlējēəm/ /kəˈlidʒiəm/


  • 1

    (also collegium musicum)
    A society of amateur musicians, especially one attached to a German or US college.

    ‘University towns established a number of collegia musica, and concert societies came into being.’
    • ‘By the 1730s coffee had become the hot new drink in Leipzig, and Bach and his collegium of music students would meet to perform each Friday evening at Zimmerman's Coffee House.’
  • 2historical An advisory or administrative board in Russia.


Late 19th century from Latin, literally ‘association’.