[kuh-ley-shuh n, koh-, ko-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for collation

comparison, examination, relationship, relation

Examples from the Web for collation

Contemporary Examples of collation

  • For the first time, Labor could govern without having the Likud in its collation government.

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    Bibi, Let Go

    Trita Parsi

    May 2, 2012

Historical Examples of collation

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for collation



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
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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.

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