What are the differences between College and Collegiate? Which one to use in which cases? I have also found some other similar pairs like: Meteor vs Meteorite, Human vs Humanoid etc. Did these words form in the same way or any correlation among them?

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    The only difficult one of the three examples is meteor/meteorite which is more of a technical definition than linguistic. Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 19:39

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In my opinion, this is one great question. The words are corresponding but have a bit of a differentiation. meteor/meteorite: Meteors are defined as meteoroids that from space enter into the earth´s atmosphere, which accelerates with a huge amount of speed and burn in flames. This differs from a meteorite that even though burning make it to the earth troposphere ( Earth's surface).

Human vs Humanoid: Human means a living being as characterized as human nature and appearance in the physical state. In contrast, a humanoid is an object which has the appearance of human characterism, which means that they aren't humans but have human resemblance. By not exaggerating it could be like Science Fiction. For example .: (Robots who look like humans...)

College vs collegiate: A college is an education or literacy institution compared to school, while collegiate, an adjective describes any Institution which relates or is based on the elements of a college. It follows the characteristics of an educational institution.


  • Isn't 'collegiate' only an adjective?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 1:27
  • Yes. It's an adjective. I just meant that it's used to relate to an educational institution.
    – Gregory
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 11:14
  • Sorry the last example wasn't explained so clear!
    – Gregory
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 11:34
  • I guess my point is that there's no such thing as 'a collegiate'. You should edit to remove the error.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 12:21
  • Why was this question closed?
    – Gregory
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 8:13

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