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[kuh-ley-shuh n, koh-, ko-] /kəˈleɪ ʃən, koʊ-, kɒ-/
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
1175-1225; Middle English collacion (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin collāciōn-, collātiōn- (stem of collātiō), equivalent to Latin collāt(us) (see collate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for collation
Contemporary Examples
  • For the first time, Labor could govern without having the Likud in its collation government.

Historical Examples
  • 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 John Geddie
  • Tom and Robert on board the ship were arranging for the collation.

  • During the collation the brides stood together at the head of the table.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Yet I presume that your ladyship is not insensible to the charms of rout and collation?

  • Uncle Ben must take the things over to the island for the collation.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • The Queen, offended, refused the collation and quitted the promenade.

    Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • The collation was a sumptuous one, for when Belfast nabobs do anything, they do it.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for collation


/kɒˈleɪʃən; kə-/
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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