- an institution of higher education having authority to award bachelors' and higher degrees, usually having research facilities
- the buildings, members, staff, or campus of a university
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Educationan institution of learning of the highest level that is made up of a college of liberal arts, a program of graduate studies, and several professional schools and is allowed to award both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
- Educationan institution of learning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program of graduate studies together with several professional schools, as of theology, law, medicine, and engineering, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Continental European universities usually have only graduate or professional schools.
- Medieval Latin ūniversitās, Late Latin: guild, corporation, Latin: totality, equivalent. to ūnivers(us) (see universe) + -itās -ity
- Old French
- 1250–1300; Middle English universite