- the act of collating.
- Bibliography. the verification of the number and order of the leaves and signatures of a volume.
- a light meal that may be permitted on days of general fast.
- any light meal.
- (in a monastery) the practice of reading and conversing on the lives of the saints or the Scriptures at the close of the day.
- the presentation of a member of the clergy to a benefice, especially by a bishop who is the patron or has acquired the patron's rights.
Origin of collation
Examples from the Web for collation
For the first time, Labor could govern without having the Likud in its collation government.Bibi, Let Go
May 2, 2012
And so, over this collation, we chatted for quite all of an hour.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
During the collation the conversation was principally military.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The age of ballad collection and collation had fairly set in.The Balladists
Tom and Robert on board the ship were arranging for the collation.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
During the collation the brides stood together at the head of the table.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
- the act or process of collating
- a description of the technical features of a book
- RC Church a light meal permitted on fast days
- any light informal meal
- the appointment of a clergyman to a benefice
Word Origin and History for collation
late 14c., "act of bringing together," from Old French collation (13c.) "collation, comparison, discussion" (also "a light supper"), from Latin collationem (nominative collatio), noun of action from collatus, irregular past participle of conferre "to bring together" (see collate). The word has had many meanings over the centuries. As the title of a popular 5c. religious work by John Cassian, "Collation" was sometimes translated into Old English as Þurhtogenes.