Correct spelling, explanation: collegiate comes from the word collegiatus, which used to be a Latin expression, which described a member of a college or some other institution or community. In English, the word appeared for the first time in the 15th century and since then collegiate has referred to the institution of college and its students.
Definition of collegiate:
1. adjective – refers to college students and college matters;
Our collegiate theatre has been very successful and has a few very talented actors.
Phrases with collegiate:
A few interesting phrases include collegiate church, collegiate court, collegiate decision.
This building has been a collegiate church for many years.
He works as a judge at a collegiate court.
It has been a collegiate decision of all the members of the European Union.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: both learners of English and its native speakers tend to make a mistake in spelling the word collegiate as
collegate, which is wrong. It is probably the result of the fact we have the word gate in English, but not giate so the ending of the word collegiate is quite unusual.
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