- a subordinate or accessory part.
- a side branch, as of a blood vessel or nerve.
- collateral circulation.
Origin of collateral
OTHER WORDS FROM collateralcol·lat·er·al·i·ty [koh-lat-uh-ral-i-tee], /koʊˌlæt əˈræl ɪ ti/, col·lat·er·al·ness, nouncol·lat·er·al·ly, adverb
How to use collateral in a sentence
Traipsing the Biennale and the numerous collaterals has been at once ho-hum and encouraging.
He had already used these as collaterals, in the borrowing of small sums at short time, to meet emergencies in his operations.
His notes, too, secured by fraudulent collaterals, were approaching a second and third maturity.
The stocks and bonds, based simply upon ideas, became worthless, the collaterals became dust and ashes.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Of these, at least one hundred thousand dollars were on demand, with stock collaterals.The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete|William T. Sherman
They were all drawn on 'clean credits,' without 'collaterals' (which were not yet in vogue), and at six months' sight.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844|William C. Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for collateral
- security pledged for the repayment of a loan
- (as modifier)a collateral loan