Definitions for collectionkəˈlɛk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

col•lec•tionkəˈlɛk ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of collecting.

  2. something that is collected, as a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one place:

    a stamp collection; a collection of rainwater.

  3. the works of art, specimens, or other items collected for exhibit and study in a museum, and kept as part of its holdings.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. the clothes or other items produced by a designer, esp. for a specific season.

    Category: Clothing

  5. a sum of money collected, esp. for church use.

    Category: Business

Origin of collection:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage(noun)

    several things grouped together or considered as a whole

  2. collection, compendium(noun)

    a publication containing a variety of works

  3. solicitation, appeal, collection, ingathering(noun)

    request for a sum of money

    "an appeal to raise money for starving children"

  4. collection, collecting, assembling, aggregation(noun)

    the act of gathering something together

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. collection(noun)əˈlɛk ʃən

    a group of similar things

    a stamp/book collection; a vast collection of modern art

  2. collectionəˈlɛk ʃən

    the act or process of getting money from people

    a door-to-door collection; debt collection


  1. collection(Noun)

    A set of items or objects procured or gathered together by a person, group, or other agent.

  2. collection(Noun)

    A set of sets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collection(noun)

    the act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens

  2. Collection(noun)

    that which is collected

  3. Collection(noun)

    a gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons

  4. Collection(noun)

    a gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings

  5. Collection(noun)

    that which is obtained in payment of demands

  6. Collection(noun)

    an accumulation of any substance

  7. Collection(noun)

    the act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred

  8. Collection(noun)

    the jurisdiction of a collector of excise


  1. Collection

    Collection is a greatest hits album by Tracy Chapman, it features tracks from her first five studio albums. The tracks include her two U.S. Top Tens, "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason". Other charted singles on this album include "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Crossroads", "Telling Stories", and "Baby Can I Hold You".

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. collection

    In intelligence usage, the acquisition of information and the provision of this information to processing elements. See also intelligence process.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collection' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1276

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collection' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3074

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collection' in Nouns Frequency: #468

Translations for collection

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an) act of collecting

Your letter won't get to London tomorrow; – you've missed the last collection (= of mail from a postbox) for today.

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