Definition of the university of life in US English:

the university of life


  • The experience of life regarded as a means of instruction.

    • ‘I didn't have the benefit of a great education as a young man, but the university of life and travel through golf has been an incredible thing for me.’
    • ‘He brought the perspective of someone who is educated in the university of life.’
    • ‘And moral lessons are much more interesting when demonstrated in the university of life than in the closed academies of fiction.’
    • ‘She didn't go into higher education, leaving school at 16, but says, with a wink that acknowledges she recognises the cliche, that she attended the university of life.’
    • ‘I came into this business without any formal qualification, other than my training in the university of life.’
    • ‘That is acquiring the knowledge which you will do well to put into practice as you travel to the next stage of your journey through the university of life.’
    • ‘But electoral snobbery cannot be solely to blame: Cambridge has done no better of late than redbrick institutions or the university of life.’
    • ‘By education he means at the university of life as well as Le Havre University, where he got his degree in mathematics, giving himself a safety net in case he does tumble from the current pedestal.’
    • ‘Having graduated from the university of life through his extensive travels, Martin, a self made man, must be rated among the most successful business people ever to come from the heather county.’
    • ‘I know the air is pretty rarified in academia, but has the good professor considered taking an evening course in the university of life?’