What does collateral mean?

Definitions for collateralkəˈlæt ər əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collateral(adj)

    a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

  2. collateral, indirect(adj)

    descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

    "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

  3. collateral, confirmative, confirming, confirmatory, corroborative, corroboratory, substantiating, substantiative, validating, validatory, verificatory, verifying(adj)

    serving to support or corroborate

    "collateral evidence"

  4. collateral(adj)

    accompany, concomitant

    "collateral target damage from a bombing run"

  5. collateral(adj)

    situated or running side by side

    "collateral ridges of mountains"


  1. collateral(Noun)

    A security or guarantee (usually an asset) pledged for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay. (Originally supplied as "accompanying" security.)

  2. collateral(Noun)

    A collateral (not linear) family member.

  3. collateral(Noun)

    A branch of a bodily part or system of organs

    Besides the arteries blood streams through numerous veins we call collaterals

  4. collateral(Adjective)

    parallel, along the same vein, side by side.

  5. collateral(Adjective)

    Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant.

  6. collateral(Adjective)

    being aside from the main subject; tangential, subordinate, ancillary.

    Although not a direct cause, the twin towers were certainly a collateral incitement for the war.

  7. collateral(Adjective)

    (family) of an indirect ancestral relationship, as opposed to lineal descendency.

    Uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces are collateral relatives.

  8. collateral(Adjective)

    relating to a collateral in the sense of an obligation or security

  9. collateral(Adjective)

    expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collateral(adj)

    coming from, being on, or directed toward, the side; as, collateral pressure

  2. Collateral(adj)

    acting in an indirect way

  3. Collateral(adj)

    related to, but not strictly a part of, the main thing or matter under consideration; hence, subordinate; not chief or principal; as, collateral interest; collateral issues

  4. Collateral(adj)

    tending toward the same conclusion or result as something else; additional; as, collateral evidence

  5. Collateral(adj)

    descending from the same stock or ancestor, but not in the same line or branch or one from the other; -- opposed to lineal

  6. Collateral(noun)

    a collateral relative

  7. Collateral(noun)

    collateral security; that which is pledged or deposited as collateral security

  8. Origin: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]


  1. Collateral

    Collateral is a 2004 American crime thriller film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie, and starring Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a taxi driver who finds himself his hostage. The film is set in Los Angeles, California, and the supporting cast includes Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo. Foxx's performance was widely praised and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Collateral

    kol-at′ėr-al, adj. side by side: running parallel or together; corresponding; descended from the same ancestor, but not directly, as the children of brothers.—n. a collateral relation: a contemporary: a rival.—adv. Collat′erally. [L. col, and latus, lateris, a side.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collateral in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collateral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mohammed Ali Yasin:

    The speed by which we see these daily drops can only be explained by banks liquidating big portfolios that were collateral for margin trading.

  2. David Bullock:

    These are very big tax liens, and the collateral is the casinos, and who knows whether you can use them and re-deploy them for some other purpose.

  3. Deven Choksey:

    BJP's performance in the two states is actually quite convincing. I think collateral sales due to global fears have somewhat weighed on the market today.

  4. Jens Walter:

    The idea here is not really to criticize the modern lifestyle and its practices, modern lifestyle has tremendous benefits, but obviously, there is a good possibility it also came with a trade-off or collateral damage, and the idea is really to find what is it in modern lifestyle that potentially causes this collateral damage.

  5. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    Well you know, mistakes are made in warfare, the drone is another weapon. It's used obviously to try and minimize collateral damage. Americans like minimizing collateral damage. I think it's a part of our toolbox that we should use against terrorists. I think there is plenty of oversight and we are always going to look when mistakes are made. I think it's appropriate for Congress to take a look at it.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • جانبيةArabic
  • успореден, косвен, съпътствуващBulgarian
  • zástava, kolaterál, zajištěníCzech
  • weitläufig, Neben-, Begleitmaterial, Werbematerial, nebeneinanderliegend, hinzukommend, Marketing-Material, begleitend, entfernt, Begleit-, entfernte Verwandte, Pfand, Bei-, weitläufige Verwandtschaft, entfernter Verwandter, benachbart, SicherheitGerman
  • prendaSpanish
  • rinnakkais-, vakuus, pantti, rinnakkainenFinnish
  • collatéral, indirecteFrench
  • 傍系親族の, カタログ, 担保, パンフレット, 傍系縁者の, 傍系のJapanese
  • 평행한, 담보물Korean
  • moni punga, pungaMāori
  • subsidiair, begeleidend, nevenverwant, zijdelings, vertakking, pand, onderpand, collateraal, bijkomstigDutch
  • сопутствующий, косвенный, залог, боковой, побочный, поручительствоRussian
  • zástava, zálohaSlovak
  • pant, säkerhetSwedish
  • dhamanaSwahili
  • 抵押Chinese

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