[ kuh-lat-er-uhl ]
/ kəˈlæt ər əl /
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Finance. property or other assets pledged by a borrower as security for the repayment of a loan: He gave the bank 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.
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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
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How to use collateral in a sentence
Traipsing the Biennale and the numerous collaterals has been at once ho-hum and encouraging.My Biennale Favorites|Anthony Haden-Guest|June 8, 2009|DAILY BEAST
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
/ (kɒˈlætərəl, kə-) /
- 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
Derived forms of collateralcollaterally, adverb
Word Origin for collateral
C14: from Medieval Latin collaterālis, from Latin com- together + laterālis of the side, from latus side
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for collateral
Property or its equivalent that a debtor deposits with a creditor to guarantee repayment of a debt.
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