[ kuh-lek-ter ]
/ kəˈlɛk tər /


Nearby words

  1. collectivise,
  2. collectivism,
  3. collectivist,
  4. collectivity,
  5. collectivize,
  6. collector electrode,
  7. collector's item,
  8. collectorate,
  9. colleen,
  10. college

Origin of collector

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin colleg- (variant stem of colligere; see collect1) + -tor -tor

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Examples from the Web for collector

British Dictionary definitions for collector


/ (kəˈlɛktə) /


a person or thing that collects
a person employed to collect debts, rents, etc
the head of a district administration in India
a person who collects or amasses objects as a hobby
electronics the region in a transistor into which charge carriers flow from the base
Derived Formscollectorship, noun

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Word Origin and History for collector



late 14c., "gatherer of taxes, etc.," from Anglo-French collectour "collector" (of money or taxes; Old French collector, Modern French collecteur), from Late Latin collector, agent noun from colligere (see collect). Fem. form collectress is attested from 1825.

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