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collector

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noun col·lec·tor \kə-ˈlek-tər\

Simple Definition of collector

  • : a person who collects certain things as a hobby

  • : a person whose job is to collect something (such as trash or money)

Full Definition of collector

  1. :  one that collects: as a :  an official who collects funds or moneys b :  a person who makes a collection <stamp collector> c :  an object or device that collects <the statuette was a dust collector> d :  solar collector

col·lec·tor·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of collector

  1. He is an avid stamp collector.

  2. The painting was purchased by a private collector.

  3. The trash collectors came early today.



14th Century

First Known Use of collector

14th century


COLLECTOR Defined for Kids

collector

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noun col·lec·tor \kə-ˈlek-tər\

Definition of collector

  1. 1 :  a person or thing that collects <stamp collector>

  2. 2 :  a person whose business it is to collect money <a bill collector>





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