university

Sherman Hall
Western Illinois University

Meaning

Noun

  • 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.

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  • From Middle English universite ("institution of higher learning, body of persons constituting a university") from Anglo-Norman universit√©, 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.

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