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collector

[kuh-lek-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that collects.
  2. a person employed to collect debts, duties, taxes, etc.
  3. a person who collects books, paintings, stamps, shells, etc., especially as a hobby.
  4. Electricity. a device for accumulating current from contact conductors.
  5. Electronics. an electrode in a transistor or vacuum tube for collecting electrons, ions, or holes.
  6. Metallurgy. promoter(def 5).
  7. Energy. solar collector.
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Origin of collector

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin colleg- (variant stem of colligere; see collect1) + -tor -tor
Related formscol·lec·tor·ship, col·lec·tor·ate, nounpre·col·lec·tor, nounsub·col·lec·tor, nounsub·col·lec·tor·ship, nounun·der·col·lec·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for collectorate

Historical Examples

  • Some of these branches even now own large estates in that collectorate.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • I was punctual to the minute, and sure enough the tout came with one of the Collectorate clerks.

    Tales of Bengal

    S. B. Banerjea

  • In the collectorate of Bellary dolmens and other monuments to the number of 2129 have been recorded.


British Dictionary definitions for collectorate

collectorate

noun
  1. the office of a collector in India
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collector

noun
  1. a person or thing that collects
  2. a person employed to collect debts, rents, etc
  3. the head of a district administration in India
  4. a person who collects or amasses objects as a hobby
  5. electronics the region in a transistor into which charge carriers flow from the base
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Derived Formscollectorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for collectorate

collector

n.

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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