- a subordinate or accessory part.
- a side branch, as of a blood vessel or nerve.
- collateral circulation.
- collateral artery,
- collateral circulation,
- collateral damage,
- collateral fissure,
- collateral hyperemia
Origin of collateral
Examples from the Web for collaterals
Collaterals by legitimate affinity up to and including the fourth degree.Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World|Hyacinthe Ringrose
The two races almost reunited are to-day face to face with collaterals without a heritage.Ursula|Honore de Balzac
Max had no great opinion of the collaterals of his grandfather—this one least of all.King John of Jingalo|Laurence Housman
Testamentary donations, or legacies to collaterals, are subject to the like duties.
While this may be conceded, collaterals of the prayer have too often been made to appear trivial and ridiculous.The Religious Sentiment|Daniel G. Brinton
- security pledged for the repayment of a loan
- (as modifier)a collateral loan
Word Origin 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).