Definitions for collateralkəˈlæt ər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

col•lat•er•alkəˈlæt ər əl(n.)

  1. security pledged for the payment of a loan.

    Category: Business

  2. Anat. a subordinate or accessory part. a side branch, as of a blood vessel or nerve.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. (adj.)accompanying; auxiliary:

    collateral aid.

  4. additional; confirming:

    collateral evidence.

  5. secured by collateral.

  6. secondary or incidental.

  7. (of a relative) descended from the same stock, but in a different line.

  8. situated at the side.

  9. running side by side; parallel.

Origin of collateral:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < ML collaterālis= L col-col -1+laterālislateral


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


  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.


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