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Université, -y, -ie, n. Also: universitee, -ytie, -ietie, -etie, -atie, uniwersitie, unyversyte, -wersyte, wniversité, -ie, wniverssietie. [ME and e.m.E. vniuersite (c1330), vnyuersite (Wyclif), vniversitie (?1402), vniuersity (1589), OF université, L. ūniversitāt-.]

1. a. Your universite(is), the collective body of persons addressed in the salutation of a formal document. sing. Tyl yhur vniversite be wyttyn that my redoutyt lorde, Sir Robert Stewart [etc.]; 1385 Red Bk. Menteith II 260.
Wit yhoure vniversite that discorde … risand betwix … the Abbot … of Melros … and … John the Hage [etc.]; 1416 Liber Melros 539.
For the schawing of suthfastnes til your universite makis kende that we … bystude, saw and onherde and for witnessis wes tane; 1438 Dipl. Norv. XX 102.
Wit yhour vniuersitee vs of digest & ryp delyuerance til haue sett & to ferme lattyne … the fischingis; 1457 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V ii 800 (20 Sept.).
pl. Heirfoir it is that to your vniuersiteis we mak it knawin [etc.]; 1473 Edinb. B. Rec. I 26.
Wit yeour wniversiteis that I … sellis [blank] to William Bannatyne … my landis and ile of Gairsay; 1588 Reg. Great S. 547/1.
Greting in God evirlesting with your vniversiteis that we … causit lawfullie summond; 1590 St. A. B. Ct. 3 July.
1597 Glasgow Bonnetmakers App. 85.

b. All the people, collectively, in or of a particular place or of a particular sort; a corporate body. Infinit murders and robberyeis, quharby the whole province and vniversetie is interessed and damnefyed; Fowler II 116/23.
That vniversytie and multitud whether they be of the gretest, the richesest sort or suddarts … mast apt for the maintenance of thy estate; Fowler II 131/12.
Whether a collective body of people, or university, such as a burgh or incorporation, may commit a crime, seems debateable; Mackenzie Laws & C. i i 7 (1699) 11.

c. Completeness; totality. Ambirkeleth … the vniuersite of all vicis involuit … grew ane vile vnhonest rutoure; Boece 335a.

2. A corporate body devoted to learning, a university, a degree-awarding institution of higher learning. Also const. of the location. Also coll. For further examples, see St. A. Kirk S. Index, s.v. St. Andrews, University of. [Willelmus de Boys Sanctiandree diocese almeque vniversitatis eivsdem bedellus; 1434 Reg. St. A. 411.
Johanne Goldsmyt rectore alme vniversitatis Glasgvensis; 1491 Reg. Paisley 155.
Villelmum Elphinstoun … fundatorem vniuersitatis et collegij Aberdonensis; 1549–50 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II 190.]
(1) Charlys the Empryoure … gert the Unyversyte Fra Rome to Parys drawin be; Wynt. vi 223.
The said maister John has giffin our the sang skule to the said alderman bailȝeis & comite the said maister John ramaynand with the gramer skule with al profettis in althingis effter the tenour of our letter exceppand gif tharis haldis with in ws ane vniuersite; 1451 Ayr B. Ct. 22 Oct.
All vniuersiteis and clerkis that ar wisest procedis be way of eleccioun; Irland Mir. III 146/15.
Moste counnying clerkis of uniuersiteis; Lynd. Test. Pap. 1022.
Hereces and strangis opinionis … quhilkis will nocht be suppressit … wythout vniuersiteis quhair cunnynge men ar … led thame agane out of thair error; c1545 St. A. Univ. Rec. xxi.
[The university of St. Andrews] is sa desolate and destitute bayth of rederris, techarris and auditouris that it is neir perist and meretis nocht to be callit ane vniuersite; c1545 St. A. Univ. Rec. xxi.
Tua wther beddell wandis of siluer pertening to the universitie; a1547 Coll. St. Salvator 161 n.
Off the quhilk college [sc. of Glasgow] ane part of the scoles and chalmeris being biggit, the rest … ceassit, swa that the samyne appearis rather to be the decay of ane universitie, nor ony wayis to be reknit ane establischit fundation; 1563 Documents, Univer. Com. Glasg. App. 237 in Orig. Par. I 10.
And … promeissis faythfullie to reforme the scolis, collegis and universiteis … and to expell and remove the ydolataris that hes chargis thairof; 1567 Reg. Privy C. I 536.
On the morne the quen passit throw the toune [sc. St. Andrews] and wisitit all the kirkis and colledgis and the vniversietie withtin the toun; Pitsc. I 380/3.
The vniuersiteis … ar misvsit be particular personis to thar awin avantage without respect of the educatioun of the ȝouth in wertew and gude lettrez; 1578 Acts III 98/1.
Wniuersitie; Dalr. I 37/6.
Being of deliberat mynd … to erect ane vniuersitie within the said brughe … to the advancement of the loist and tint ȝouthe in bringing tham vp in leirning and vertew; 1597 Acts IV 148/1.
[They] did wrong the vniversitie [of St. Andrews] in borroweing bookis out of thair librarie and not restoring thairof; 1646 Acts VI i 591/1.
Mr. Charles Ferme … was … called to the ministery at Fraserburgh … where there was ane beginning of an university, over which he had the charge; Craufurd Edinb. Univ. 9.
possess. There will be necessar for the help of the universities liberarie whiche is verie small and hathe no considerable wayes to be bettered, the soume of [etc.]; 1664 Glasg. Univ. Mun. II 480.
coll. Ȝe collegis and uniuersitie That to all vthers suld exempill be I se ȝour tempills cassin downe and reuin; 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii 194.
(2) To the Unywersyte [C., W. Vniuersite] Off Parys, the cas all thus wrat he; Wynt. viii 275.
In the Unyversyte [C., W. Vniuersite] Off Oxynfurde scho gert be A collage fowndyt. This lady Dyd all thir dedis devotly; Wynt. viii 1517.
Ane annuel clamyt be the faculte of arte of the vniuersite of Glasgw to be aucht to thaim of the said landis; 1479–80 Acta Conc. I 48/2.
The noble and excellent vniuersite of Paris; Irland Mir. II 149/14.
The collaeg foundit be our soverane lord and brother James the ferd at the universite of Aberdon; 1497 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 15.
He gart exame the caus in the Wniuersite of Paris quhare be the maist part it wes concludit at Robert Brus wes richtus hair of Scotland; Abell 94b.
Ane letter from His Majesties Universatie of Old Aberdone; 1680 Inverness Rec. II 285.
The deed concludes with an irritancy in favour of the University of Edinburgh … in case of the contravention of these conditions; 1693 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I 431.

b. transf. University teachers and administrators, collectively. Geif the principal inlak, the vniversitie and conservatour or hys deputis sal convein and cheis of the hail vniversitie four of the best qualefyit personis to that office; Buch. Wr. 10.
This marter of God sufferit on this wyse … at Sanctandrois befor all the clargie and wniverssietie of Scottland was thair for the tyme; Pitsc. II 82/9.
Than war all the bischopis and kirkmen and vniwersitie and clergie of France in ordour evirie estait as affeired; Pitsc. II 123/27.
We [sc. rector of the university, etc.] dispensis with the publict mendis quhilk vthir wayis the said Mr. Robert aucht to have maid befoir the haill vniuersitie; 1578 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 56b.

c. The Academy of Athens in Ancient Greece. Aristotill thai gart byd with him [sc. Alexander] ay In Athenes the gret vniuersitie; Hay Alex. 398.

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