Nearby words

  1. collectedly,
  2. collectible,
  3. collectibles,
  4. collecting,
  5. collecting tubule,
  6. collection agency,
  7. collection box,
  8. collection plate,
  9. collective,
  10. collective agreement

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collection

British Dictionary definitions for collection



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



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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