What does Collection mean?

Definitions for Collection
kəˈlɛk ʃəncol·lec·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Collection.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblagenoun

    several things grouped together or considered as a whole

  2. collection, compendiumnoun

    a publication containing a variety of works

  3. solicitation, appeal, collection, ingatheringnoun

    request for a sum of money

    "an appeal to raise money for starving children"

  4. collection, collecting, assembling, aggregationnoun

    the act of gathering something together


  1. collectionnoun

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

  2. collectionnoun

    A set of sets.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Collectionnoun

    Etymology: from collect.

    No perjur’d knight desires to quit thy arms,
    Fairest collection of thy sex’s charms. Matthew Prior.

    The gallery is hung with a numerous collection of pictures. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    If once we descend unto probable collections, we are then in the territory where free and arbitrary determinations, the territory where human laws take place. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 8.

    It should be a weak collection, if whereas we say, that when Christ had overcome the sharpness of death, he then opened the kingdom of Heaven to all believers; a thing in such sort affirmed with circumstance, were taken as insinuating an opposite denial before that circumstance be accomplished. Richard Hooker.

    This label
    Is so from sense in hardness, that I can
    Make no collection of it. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    When she, from sundry arts, one skill doth draw;
    Gath’ring from divers fights, one act of war;
    From many cases like, one rule of law:
    These her collections, not the senses are. Davies.


  1. collection

    A collection is a group or assemblage of items that share common features or characteristics, gathered systematically over a period of time. These items can be physical objects, data, information, or memories. The term can also refer to the activity of gathering or accumulating these items. Collections can be created for study, comparison, exhibition, or personal enjoyment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collectionnoun

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

  2. Collectionnoun

    that which is collected

  3. Collectionnoun

    a gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons

  4. Collectionnoun

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

  5. Collectionnoun

    that which is obtained in payment of demands

  6. Collectionnoun

    an accumulation of any substance

  7. Collectionnoun

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

  8. Collectionnoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. collection

    a set of items

    Submitted by frank_taylor on November 6, 2022  

  2. collection

    The act and process of to collect.

    The collection point at the shop was clearly identified.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Collection in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Collection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Collection in a Sentence

  1. Zoltan Csiki-Sava:

    Data collection concerning end-Cretaceous dinosaurs happened to start at about the same time in both Europe and North America – around the middle of the 19th century, it is only by chance (a combination between mainly better rock availability and more human effort poured into this line of research) that the North American fossil record grew more rapidly and soon become the best one in the world for that particular time period. As such, it captured attention and was used as a template to understand end-Cretaceous extinction. The data was harder to gather in other continents, including Europe, and the resolution of the European fossil record is still far from that coming from North America. But its growth is spectacular (we know probably twice as much about late Cretaceous fossil vertebrates from Europe then we knew like 20 years ago), and that is due to the activity of a large number of mainly young researchers working all across Europe.

  2. Matthew Vadum:

    The Cosby art collection displayed in the National Museum of African Art serves as part of this man's public relations offensive while the public battle over his misdeeds rages, it is unseemly for the taxpayers who fund the museum to be forced to play a role in rehabilitating Cosby's image.

  3. Mohsen Nazemi:

    They have expressed concern about not being familiar with this type of gas collection and capture, it's a very unusual circumstance.

  4. Aude Lebarbier:

    We are not taking a position on George Clooney boycott. We belong to Dorchester Collection, we are a French hotel with values : respect, equality and integrity for our employees and our customers. Any form of discrimination is not tolerated.

  5. Stephen Colbert:

    I know there's some polls out there saying that this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality.' And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

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