or col·lect·a·ble

[ kuh-lek-tuh-buh l ]
/ kəˈlɛk tə bəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. collectable,
  2. collectanea,
  3. collected,
  4. collected edition,
  5. collectedly,
  6. collectibles,
  7. collecting,
  8. collecting tubule,
  9. collection,
  10. collection agency

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

Word Origin and History for collectables



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