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[ kuh-lek-shuhn ]


  1. the act of collecting.
  2. something that is collected; a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, especially for some purpose or as a result of some process: a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom;

    a stamp collection;

    a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom;

    a collection of books on Churchill.

    Synonyms: store, hoard, pile, heap, aggregation, accumulation, mass

  3. the works of art constituting the holdings of an art museum:

    a history of the museum and of the collection.

  4. the gathered or exhibited works of a single painter, sculptor, etc.:

    an excellent Picasso collection.

  5. collections, the various holdings of an art museum organized by category, as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, or film:

    the director of the collections.

  6. the clothes or other items produced by a designer, especially for a seasonal line:

    the spring collection.

  7. a sum of money collected, especially for charity or church use.

    Synonyms: alms, contribution(s)

  8. Manège. act of bringing or coming into a collected attitude.


/ kəˈlɛkʃən /


  1. the act or process of collecting
  2. a number of things collected or assembled together
  3. a selection of clothes, esp as presented by a particular designer for a specified season
  4. something gathered into a mass or pile; accumulation

    a collection of rubbish

  5. a sum of money collected or solicited, as in church
  6. removal, esp regular removal of letters from a postbox
  7. often plural (at Oxford University) a college examination or an oral report by a tutor

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Other Words From

  • col·lection·al adjective
  • noncol·lection noun
  • precol·lection noun
  • subcol·lection noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of collection1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English colleccioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin collēctiōn-, stem of collēctiō “a gathering together,” from collēct(us) “gathered together” (past participle of colligere; collect 1 ) + -iō -ion
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Example Sentences

So we had a collection that hit retail earlier this year that was more overt.

From Vox

West Maui and a Kihei oceanfront rentalFrom the town of Paia, a tiny but charming collection of colorful shops and restaurants, we pointed the camper van west to Kahului then north along the island’s northeastern perimeter.

Google’s latest move to encourage lead form collection in SERPs without having customers ever leave Google made me think of the book this morning for some reason.

Instead of the CPUC monitoring debts and collections, it allowed companies to self-report what they owed.

It would be a meal with no real theme, a chaotic, drunken collection of my favorite foods.

From Eater

The collection includes kimono capes and hand woven jump overalls.

Speaking of the literature you love, the Bloomsbury writers crop up in your collection repeatedly.

In 2011, the rapper-turned-self parody debuted his first collection, Dw Kanye West.

It houses more than 450,000 bottles of 15,000 elixirs within its collection valued at 25 million euros in 2009.

Check out our definitive collection of destinations on the rise for next year.

The collection in the Academy I thought much better, but still far enough behind similar galleries in Rome.

At length the great Pit Town collection was housed as it deserved to be.

I have made a small collection of early stories, and some of them are interesting enough to be quoted.

In the collection and method used, considerable annoyances are experienced.

Outside Derby station was a ticket platform at which all incoming trains stopped for the collection of tickets.





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