or col·lect·a·ble

[kuh-lek-tuh-buh l]


capable of being collected.


an object suitable for a collection, originally a work of fine art or an antique, now including also any of a wide variety of items collected as a hobby, for display, or as an investment whose value may appreciate.

Origin of collectible

First recorded in 1640–50; collect1 + -ible
Related formsnon·col·lect·a·ble, adjectivenon·col·lect·i·ble, adjectivepre·col·lect·a·ble, adjectivepre·col·lect·i·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collectable

Contemporary Examples of collectable

Historical Examples of collectable

  • Less was not collectable by law, but was not a punishable offence.


    Calvin Elliott

  • The collectable curios in metal include many which cannot be classified.

  • Match boxes are collectable, and collectors of fire-making and lighting contrivances often include a few old matches.

  • Some similar calendars in tiny leather bindings, beautifully tooled and ornamented in gold, are also collectable.

  • The table appointments are among the collectable curios of the library, and prominent among these is the inkstand.

British Dictionary definitions for collectable




(of antiques, objets d'art, etc) of interest to a collector


any object regarded as being of interest to a collector
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Word Origin and History for collectable



also collectable, 1650s, "that may be collected," from collect + -ible. Meaning "sought-after by collectors of relics, souveniers, etc." is recorded from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper