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From Middle English universite (institution of higher learning, body of persons constituting a university) from Anglo-Norman université, from Old French universitei, from Medieval Latin stem of universitas, in juridical and Late Latin "A number of persons associated into one body, a society, company, community, guild, corporation, etc"; in Latin, "the whole, aggregate," from universus (whole, entire).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /juːnɪˈvɜːsəti/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /junɪˈvɝsəti/
  • Hyphenation: uni‧ver‧si‧ty


university (plural universities)

  1. Institution of higher education (typically accepting students from the age of about 17 or 18, depending on country, but in some exceptional cases able to take younger students) where subjects are studied and researched in depth and degrees are offered.
    • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant []

Usage notes

  • In western Europe, and later the United States, universities were typically founded by executive act (e.g. royal charter) and were generally relatively large (compared to colleges), offering postgraduate degrees in addition to undergraduate degrees. In other countries, this distinction is not made and any degree-granting institution is called a university.
  • In the United States and Ireland, students will sometimes say that they go to "the university" or to "a university", but they are far more likely to say they are going "to college", even if the institution they attend is a university. In the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most other English-speaking countries, students go "to university (or uni)", without the article, if they are attending a school that grants bachelor's or postgraduate degrees.


  • academy
  • college
  • institute
  • uni
  • varsity


  • school
  • institution


  • plate-glass university
  • technical university
  • technological university
  • university of technology

Derived terms

  • university-affiliated
  • varsity


  • Tokelauan: Iunivehite

Related terms

  • universal
  • universe


See also

  • Wikiversity


  • university on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


Alternative forms

  • varsity


From Middle English universite, from Medieval Latin [Term?].


  • IPA(key): [ˈjunəvɛrsəti]


university (plural universities)

  1. university

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