- a person or thing that collects.
- a person employed to collect debts, duties, taxes, etc.
- a person who collects books, paintings, stamps, shells, etc., especially as a hobby.
- Electricity. a device for accumulating current from contact conductors.
- Electronics. an electrode in a transistor or vacuum tube for collecting electrons, ions, or holes.
- Metallurgy. promoter(def 5).
- Energy. solar collector.
Origin of collector
Related Words for collectorconnoisseur, hobbyist, representative, fancier, authority, antiquarian, finder, antiquary, accumulator, gatherer, compiler
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Contemporary Examples of collector
He was an on-and-off drug addict and sometimes a criminal; he was a collector of switchblades and vintage Disney T-shirts.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
His friend has dropped hat and cane in shock but the drawing shows stuff that an Americana collector nowadays would kill for.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
“I never really was the type of collector who had to go out every weekend looking,” Dodge says.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
We all know this person: the collector of vintage guitars who rarely plays, the home cook with more pots than recipes.What Will Happen to Our Minds in the Future?
March 2, 2014
Fifty years have passed since John Fowles published The Collector, but the novel has not aged.How to Understand the Criminal Mind By Reading This Novel
Casey N. Cep
December 6, 2013
Historical Examples of collector
He spoke exactly as if he had been a collector who had been roaming the world for curios.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Sutter forgot everything else as he sat there staring at that collector's paradise.Made in Tanganyika
Carl Richard Jacobi
The collector should be sure he knows the plant before he eats it.
These plants are very small, often no doubt overlooked by the collector.
The collector will have no trouble to recognize it from Figure 274.
- 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
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.