[ kuh-ley-shuhn, koh-, ko- ]
See synonyms for collation on
  1. the act of collating.

  2. Bibliography. the verification of the number and order of the leaves and signatures of a volume.

  1. a light meal that may be permitted on days of general fast.

  2. any light meal.

  3. (in a monastery) the practice of reading and conversing on the lives of the saints or the Scriptures at the close of the day.

  4. 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

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English collacion, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin collātiōn-, stem of collātiō “placement together, combination”; equivalent to collate + -ion

Words Nearby collation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use collation in a sentence

  • The atrocities constituting this "cold collation" of diabolisms are taken mainly from various Californian journals.

British Dictionary definitions for collation


/ (kɒˈleɪʃən, kə-) /

  1. the act or process of collating

  2. a description of the technical features of a book

  1. RC Church a light meal permitted on fast days

  2. any light informal meal

  3. the appointment of a clergyman to a benefice

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