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or col·lect·a·ble

[kuh-lek-tuh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being collected.
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  1. 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.
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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
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Related Words for collectibles

collectibles, antique, treasure, asset, commodity, heirloom, trinket, annals, archives, relics, nugget, benefit, plum, advantage, collectible, account, debt, indebtedness, liability, charge

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Word Origin and History for collectibles


also collectables, "things worth collecting," 1952, American English, from collectible.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper