collection

[kuh-lek-shuhn]

noun


Origin of collection

1350–1400; Middle English colleccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin collēctiōn- (stem of collēctiō), equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscol·lec·tion·al, adjectivenon·col·lec·tion, nounpre·col·lec·tion, nounsub·col·lec·tion, noun

Synonyms for collection

2. accumulation, aggregation, mass, heap, pile, hoard, store. 7. contribution(s), alms.
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British Dictionary definitions for collection

collection

noun

the act or process of collecting
a number of things collected or assembled together
a selection of clothes, esp as presented by a particular designer for a specified season
something gathered into a mass or pile; accumulationa collection of rubbish
a sum of money collected or solicited, as in church
removal, esp regular removal of letters from a postbox
(often plural) (at Oxford University) a college examination or an oral report by a tutor
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Word Origin and History for collection
n.

late 14c., "action of collecting," from Old French collection (14c.), from Latin collectionem (nominative collectio) "a gathering together," noun of action from colligere (see collect). Especially of money gathered for religious or charitable purposes from 1530s. Meaning "a group of objects viewed as a whole" is from c.1400.

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