- security pledged for the payment of a loan: He gave the bank some stocks and bonds as collateral for the money he borrowed.
- a subordinate or accessory part.
- a side branch, as of a blood vessel or nerve.
- collateral circulation.
- a relative descended from the same stock, but in a different line.
- accompanying; auxiliary: He received a scholarship and collateral aid.
- additional; confirming: collateral evidence; collateral security.
- secured by collateral: a collateral loan.
- aside from the main subject, course, etc.; secondary: These accomplishments are merely collateral to his primary goal.
- descended from the same stock, but in a different line; not lineal: A cousin is a collateral relative.
- pertaining to those so descended.
- situated at the side: a collateral wing of a house.
- situated or running side by side; parallel: collateral ridges of mountains.
- Botany. standing side by side.
Origin of collateral
Examples from the Web for collateral
Horace had been playing poker with a mortician, who had put the car up as collateral.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
In 2008, it was looking at a death spiral: cut credit ratings, claims on the policies, and collateral calls.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
The euphemism of “collateral damage” comes with that package.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
This can cause women to end up as collateral, even when they themselves have committed no wrong.How India’s Honor Culture Perpetuates Mass Rape
July 14, 2014
The collateral effects, Drucker argues, show how imprisonment, human rights, and public health are related.Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report
May 6, 2014
Then here is indirect heredity, that of the collateral branches.Doctor Pascal
Both testimonies are unsupported by any collateral evidence.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
I am to be the collateral for a loan which you are to secure from him.
You offer your daughter, as security for the loan; he accepts the collateral!
The truth of his statements cannot be established by any collateral evidence.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
- security pledged for the repayment of a loan
- (as modifier)a collateral loan
- a person, animal, or plant descended from the same ancestor as another but through a different line
- situated or running side by side
- descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
- serving to support or corroborate
- aside from the main issue
- uniting in tendency
Word Origin and History for collateral
late 14c., "accompanying," also "descended from the same stock," from Old French collateral (13c.), from Medieval Latin collateralis "accompanying," literally "side by side," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + lateralis "of the side," from latus "a side" (see oblate (n.)). Literal sense of "parallel, along the side of" attested in English from mid-15c. Related: Collaterally.
16c., "colleague, associate," from collateral (adj.). Meaning "thing given as security" is from 1832, American English, from phrase collateral security (1720).
- Indirect, subsidiary, or accessory to the main thing.
- Having an ancestor in common but descended from a different line.
- A branch of a nerve axon or blood vessel.
- A collateral relative.