Definition of collegial in US English:



North American
  • 1Relating to or involving shared responsibility, as among a group of colleagues.

    ‘judges cultivate a collegial atmosphere in instructing the jury’
    • ‘There's a pleasant collegial atmosphere among the group, and many humorous anecdotes about the origins of the movie and the experience of filming it are batted around.’
    • ‘Equally, it must promote collegial decision-making in its organisational structure, based on broad consultation with and involvement of different social constituencies.’
    • ‘It could be argued that the church is not and was never intended to be a democracy, or even a collegial oligarchy, Martin Luther and his theses notwithstanding.’
    • ‘There's such a collegial atmosphere among the contestants.’
    • ‘He reasoned that the unauthorized document reading was ‘inconsistent with that collegial spirit.’’
    • ‘The successful candidate will also have a strong interest in working with the vision of the department in a collegial manner, while teaching studio and/or theory courses in any of the four areas, depending on specialization.’
    • ‘Ariel Sharon's speech to the Knesset was remarkable for its kind and collegial tone when he talked about his political opponents and his new cabinet allies.’
    • ‘I am grateful to the faculty and students at the University of Georgia who have inspired me in unexpected ways and have built a uniquely collegial atmosphere.’
    • ‘Ongoing communication helps retain a collegial atmosphere for current staff members and provides a way to integrate temporary staff members into the team.’
    • ‘Perhaps what struck me most was the degree to which in the Political Science Department graduate students were immediately considered ‘members of the guild’, in a highly collegial relationship with the faculty.’
    • ‘They have shaken up a strict hierarchy, creating more collegial teams so that one person needn't shoulder round-the-clock responsibilities to make sure that things get done right.’
    • ‘Yesterday his best stab at sounding collegial was the odd formulation, ‘I, we, the government’ - run together as if it were a single word.’
    • ‘They seem to think that if we can just hold on to our notions of civility and good government, politics will go back to being a more or less collegial game defined by cooperation and compromise.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional journalism, it has a collegial give and take (check out Jarvis' comment sections for a great example of what I mean).’
    • ‘Whites do not begin to know the effort it takes for Blacks to subdue their true feelings about the racial pain they incur, even in work situations, where it may appear that the relationships are collegial and compatible.’
    • ‘He suggested that SFU needs an effective collegial governing system ‘where everybody who is affected by a decision actually takes part in the decision-making process.’’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, they were not content to remain subalterns under the permanent tutelage of whites, so that our relations with them were superficially polite and collegial, but human warmth was difficult or impossible.’
    • ‘The official doctrine is that the prime minister is simply the first among equals, and the rule of collective responsibility emphasizes the collegial character of the cabinet.’
    • ‘At the same time, drafting the Declaration seems to have been a considerably more collegial enterprise than many international negotiations.’
    • ‘The Gallipoli commanders tried to impose personal leadership in circumstances where collegial staff work and good communications were essential.’
  • 2

    another term for collegiate (sense 1)
    • ‘Believing that administrative and collegial support, as well as effective relationships with physicians and surgeons, contributes to perioperative nursing's ability to provide safe patient care.’
    • ‘He later abandoned his collegial pursuits and set out to forge a career as a full-time artist, as a means of providing for his, then unborn, child (his son is now four, and he also has a two-years-old daughter).’
    • ‘Continuation in the guild depended ‘not on the performance of specific duties, but rather on adherence to collegial rules.’’
    • ‘It is more than likely that Delaroche, who took his collegial responsibilities in the academy very seriously, would have had some contact with the Onslow family.’
    • ‘The City Fathers have ripped out the plastic awnings put up in the mid 70s, and removed the huge dense trees - it now looks more like a real town instead of some collegial little city that went feral.’
    • ‘What makes the NCE effort unique in Canadian policy history is the explicit attempt to turn the culture of academic science towards commercial application and to manage research on private-sector rather than collegial principles.’
    • ‘A top Harvard science professor says that the preferences given to female and minority scientists in lab-space allocation and other perks do not always make for happy collegial relations.’
    • ‘Such collegial competitions help spark creativity and enthusiasm among their staff.’
    • ‘Not all temperaments suit a collegial environment: not all people are able to attend a course.’
    • ‘Moreover, we believe in pushing responsibility to the lowest level and use a collegial leadership style that says the ‘door is always open.’’
    • ‘The collegial and statutory mechanisms need a public-private partnership, perhaps similar to the National Quality Forum in the United States, to bring clarity, consistency, and transparency to external assessment in Britain.’
    • ‘My reporting of collegial interactions is too specific to be mistaken.’
    • ‘Here's hoping the Irish government can emerge from the MLE experience and establish a strong foundation of collegial networking in either the physical space or virtual domain of the Liberties in Dublin.’
    • ‘Any member of our community is free to express their views on any topic, subject - of course, to our normal rules of collegial behaviour,’ he said.’


Late Middle English: from Old French collegial or late Latin collegialis, from collegium ‘partnership’ (see college).