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Usage statistics for the noun university:

spoken English30%written English70% conversational speech19.23%task-oriented speech80.77% imaginative writing15.86%informational writing84.14%
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Definition of the noun university

What does university mean as a name of something?

University is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: universities

  1. the body of faculty and students at a university
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    • more specific words:
      • gown = the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located
      • varsity = a British abbreviation of `university'
    • part of: academe / academia = the academic world
    • member: graduate school / grad school = a school in a university offering study leading to degrees beyond the bachelor's degree
  2. establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching
  3. a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: educational institution = an institution dedicated to education
    • more specific terms:
      • multiversity = a university system having several separate campuses and colleges and research centers
      • Open University = a British university that is open to people without formal academic qualifications and where teaching is by correspondence or broadcasting or summer school
    • member: college = an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees

Alternative definition of the noun university


  1. Institution of higher education (typically accepting students from the age of about 17 or 18, depending on country, but in some cases able to take younger students in exceptional cases) where subjects are studied and researched in depth and degrees are offered.


  1. University a.k.a. The University of Washington, commonly referred to as Washington or informally UDub, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded in 1861, UW is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and has one of the best medical schools in the world. UW has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.
  2. University is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 41,163 at the 2010 census. It is the home of University of South Florida located just east of the community. The community is also known as University West, mainly due to its location in relation to the university. The community is often notoriously referred to by locals as Suitcase City due to the high rate of transients.
  3. University a.k.a. HKU Station will be a station on the Hong Kong MTR West Island Line, an extension to the existing Island Line.
  4. University is a neighborhood within the greater University community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is almost completely occupied by the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, hence the name. The Mississippi River divides it into two, making it the only official neighborhood in Minneapolis that occupies both sides of the river. On the west bank, the neighborhood is bound by 1st Street on the north, 19th Avenue on the west, 4th Street on the south, and the river to the east. On the east bank, it is bound by the river to the west and south and Oak Street to the east; the northern boundary, going from west to east, is along 11th Avenue, University Avenue, 15th Avenue, and the railroad tracks near 8th Street.
  5. University is a neighborhood of Riverside, Inland Empire.
  6. University is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located near the intersection of Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard on the University at Buffalo South Campus and is not only a major transfer point between Metro Rail and many city and suburban bus routes, but offers a unique "Kiss and Ride" facility on the top level, above the ticket mezzazine. This allows drivers of automobiles a separate area to drop off passengers, so they do not add to the traffic congestion from buses at the station during rush-hour periods and a large park-and-ride facility directly to the east of the station. Since University Station serves as a terminal, immediately south is a double crossover.
  7. University a.k.a. University Station is an MTR station located near the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Ma Liu Shui. It is between Tai Po Market and Fo Tan/Racecourse stations on the East Rail Line. This station was the first post-war station to open on the line, and has the most curved track of any MTR station.
  8. University is a stop on the Northwest Line of the C-Train light rail system in Calgary, Alberta.
  9. University is one of the 15 constituencies in the Central and Western District of Hong Kong.
  10. University is an unincorporated community in Orange County, North Carolina. It lies at an elevation of 476 feet.
  11. University was a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line; The station was located at 1200 E. 63rd Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. University opened on April 23, 1893. From December 12, 1982, until January 9, 1994, University served as the terminal of the Jackson Park Branch. The station closed on January 9, 1994, when the entire Green Line closed for a renovation and rehabilitation project. University did not reopen with the rest of the Green Line on May 12, 1996. University was scheduled to be replaced by a new terminal at Dorchester. Instead the line was cut back to its current terminal at Cottage Grove. The University station was demolished in September 1997 when the City of Chicago demolished the rest of the Jackson Park branch east of Cottage Grove.
  12. University a.k.a. University (Birmingham) railway station: University railway station is a railway station serving the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the West Midlands of England. It is situated on the Cross-City Line which runs from Redditch to Lichfield via Birmingham New Street. Most services are operated by London Midland who manage the station, with some services also operated by CrossCountry.
  13. University is a Metrorail station in the suburban city of Coral Gables, Florida at the University of Miami, seven miles southwest of Downtown Miami.
  14. University a.k.a. University Metro station on the Tyne and Wear Metro is located on the western fringe of Sunderland City Centre, and is the nearest station to the University of Sunderland's City Campus.

There are other places with in their name, like Ege University, Koç University, Lee University, Mie University, SRM University, VIT University, Agra University, Ajou University, Anna University, Asia University, Bond University, Caen University, Chuo University, Drew University, Duke University, Elon University, Fisk University, Gazi University, Iman University and Inha University.


University is a record label.


  1. "University" is the 1995 album by the American alternative rock band Throwing Muses, released on Sire Records and Reprise Records in the USA, and on 4AD elsewhere. It features the single "Bright Yellow Gun", the band's first national hit. The album's radio exposure led to feature articles in Rolling Stone and other major music magazines.
  2. "University" is a composition.


"University" is a book by Bentley Little.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1995


"University" is a 2002 Tamil romance film directed by Praghadish starring Jeevan and Gajala. Jeevan made his debut with this film. University failed to make a mark at the box office.


  1. University is a TV program, begun on (7 years ago).
    • also known as College Talk
    • created by Wang Wei-zhong
    • genre: Variety show
  2. University: A large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees; an establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching; the body of faculty and students at a university.

Phrases with University

Phrases starting with the word University:

  1. University of Life
  2. university student
  3. university of paris
  4. university of texas

Phrases ending with the word University:

  1. city university
  2. duke university
  3. open university
  4. yale university
  5. brown university
  6. paris university
  7. oxford university
  8. sussex university
  9. cornell university
  10. harvard university
  11. columbia university
  12. redbrick university
  13. stanford university
  14. cambridge university
  15. princeton university
  16. Red Brick University

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for University

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Google previewProceedings: teaching today, touching tomorrow

Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut, founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School. It is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the country. Particularly well-known are its undergraduate school, Yale College, ...

Google previewThe Secret of Pine Valley (2010)

by Stephen Harris

As Northern University is a Big Ten University, the college excels in athletics.

Northern University is an excellent university with a strong sense of tradition as well as a clear understanding of the changes of...

Google previewAll the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education (2007)

by George Dennis O'Brien

The University Is the Axial Institution of Modern Society " A xial" seems to have entered the language in 1849 ./"Yin a treatise on fish and has persisted as a hightech word ever since. Despite its unprepossessing entrance into English, it was ...

Google previewThe American University (1968)

How It Runs, Where It Is Going by Jacques Barzun

The University is a Paradise, Rivers of Knowledge are there, Arts and Sciences flow from thence . . . ; bottomless depths...

Google previewComputing and Intelligent Systems (2011)

International Conference, ICCIC 2011, held in Wuhan, China, September 17-18, 2011. Proceedings by Yanwen Wu

University is the importance place to train high-quality person, reinforcing comprehensive education is need with the development of the times, and is also the need of higher education reforms in our country. Designing and working out a ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues (2007)

A Guide to Language on the 18th and 19th Century Streets of London by John Camden Hotten

University,. Gypsy.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Obesity (2008)

J - Z by Kathleen Keller

Miller, Christine George Washington University Miller, Dawn M. Cleveland Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Hospital Miller, Todd A. George Washington University Medical Center Miller, Wayne C. George Washington ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (2003)

Family, Law and Politics by Suad Joseph, Afsāna Naǧmābādī

Paris Bill Bowring, London Metropolitan University Jean Boyd, School of Oriental and African ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (2006)

by David Scott Kastan

Sadoff Miami University, Ohio CHARLES DICKENS Sarah Salih University of East Anglia, England JOHN CAPGRAVE MARGERY KEMPE Paul Salzman La Trobe University, Australia MARY WROTH Mark Sanders Brandeis ...

Google previewPrinceton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2015)

by Alex Preminger, Frank J. Warnke, O. B. Hardison Jr.

Brooklyn College; Sverre Arestad, University of Washington; Hayden Clair Bell, University of California (Berkeley); Armando Correia Pacheco, Pan American Union; Joseph F. de Simone, Brooklyn College; S. Dinamarca, Brooklyn College; ...

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Quotes about University

The role of a liberal arts college within a university is to be a genuine part of that university, giving and responding to the other parts. (Edward Levi)
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Scrabble value of U1N1I1V4E1R1S1I1T1Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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