Definition of collegian in US English:



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

    • ‘For young collegians, it can serve as a reminder of the glory days of our national sport.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).