What does collateral mean?

Definitions for collateralkəˈlæt ər əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word collateral.

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. John Viola:

    By default, we're like the collateral damage of this trend.

  2. Lisa Bragança:

    This is a real pickle for UBS to say the collateral value assigned to the closed-end fund shares is zero.

  3. The Abengoa spokesperson:

    We did not use the borrowed shares as collateral for bridge finance to fund the EUR300m for the capital raise in May.

  4. Brian Tribus:

    The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility, this incident is under investigation.

  5. Wilson Li:

    For most solar developers, banks are not going to give them money unless they have collateral or find loan guarantors.

Images & Illustrations of collateral

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Translations for collateral

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
  • collateralisLatin
  • 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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