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kəˈlɛk tərcol·lec·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collector, aggregatornoun

    a person who collects things

  2. collector, gatherer, accumulatornoun

    a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)

  3. collectornoun

    a crater that has collected cosmic material hitting the earth

  4. collectornoun

    the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow of carriers leaves the region between the electrodes


  1. collectornoun

    A person or thing which collects, or which creates or manages a collection.

  2. collectornoun

    A person who is employed to collect payments.

    She works for the government as a tax collector.

  3. collectornoun

    The amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor.

  4. Etymology: English collect< Middle English collecten< colligere ("to gather together", past participle collectus)< com- (together) + legare (to choose)< leg- (Watkins, 1969)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Collectornoun

    Etymology: collector, Latin.

    The grandfather might be the first collector of them into a body. Matthew Hale, Common Law of England.

    Volumes, without any of the collector’s own reflections. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    A great part of this treasure is now embezzled, lavished, and feasted away by collectors, and other officers. William Temple.

    The commissions of the revenue are disposed of, and the collectors are appointed by the commissioners. Jonathan Swift.


  1. collector

    A collector is an individual or entity that systematically gathers and retains items of a particular category such as artworks, stamps, coins, books or other objects, due to their personal interest, passion or investment value. The term can also refer to a part of a machine or system designed to accumulate or receive something, such as a solar collector or a bill collector.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collectornoun

    one who collects things which are separate; esp., one who makes a business or practice of collecting works of art, objects in natural history, etc.; as, a collector of coins

  2. Collectornoun

    a compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book

  3. Collectornoun

    an officer appointed and commissioned to collect and receive customs, duties, taxes, or toll

  4. Collectornoun

    one authorized to collect debts

  5. Collectornoun

    a bachelor of arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent

  6. Etymology: [LL. collector one who collects: cf. F. collecteur.]


  1. Collector

    The Collector is a fictional character in Marvel Comics.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Collector

    (a) A name for the brush, q. v., in mechanical electric generators, such as dynamos, a pair of which collectors or brushes press on the commutator or collecting rings, and take off the current. (b) The pointed connections leading to the prime conductor on a static machine for collecting the electricity; often called combs. The points of the combs or collectors face the statically charged rotating glass plate or cylinder of the machine.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A man whom few care to see but many ask to call again.

Editors Contribution

  1. collector

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The water collector was attached to the gutter to collect the water.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collector' in Nouns Frequency: #1975

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collector in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collector in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of collector in a Sentence

  1. Mariana Fulger:

    I harvest pieces of time from hour plates. I am a collector of past.

  2. Robertson Davies:

    To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.

  3. Dylan Thomas:

    From my point of view the worst thing would be for it to end up in the hands of a private collector who locks it up in a bank vault for 50 years, it was hard to keep my hands off it -- I just want to pore through it, to be able to read every word in his crabbed, backwards-sloping hand -- it is such a covetable object.

  4. Mortimer Caplin:

    There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist- the taxidermist leaves the hide.

  5. Walter Benjamin:

    Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.

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