col·​la·​tion kə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce collation (audio)
[Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin collation-, collatio, from Late Latin, conference, from Latin, bringing together, comparison, from conferre (past participle collatus) to bring together — more at confer, tolerate]
: a light meal allowed on fast days in place of lunch or supper
: a light meal
[Middle English, from Latin collation-, collatio] : the act, process, or result of collating

Examples of collation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So data analysis and data collation are easy on the go. Punnam Raju Manthena, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The church building is now owned by an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Verrengia said, adding that some of that church’s representatives went to the collation after the Mass last year and some even plan on going this year. Breanne Kovatch,, 22 June 2023 Charles Adias, state collation officer for the presidential election, told reporters, political party officials and law-enforcement agents gathered at the regional results center to disperse until the electoral commission clarified his role to the public. Ruth Olurounbi,, 28 Feb. 2023 An electoral officer in Rivers State, Nigeria’s main oil hub, suspended the collation of votes on Tuesday, saying he’d been blamed for the malfunctioning of the voter-verification system and his life had been threatened. Ruth Olurounbi,, 28 Feb. 2023 Mahmood Yakubu, head of Nigeria’s election commission, said national collation of results in the presidential election would commence at noon on Sunday. Chinedu Asadu, ajc, 25 Feb. 2023 Advertisement The result collation process will shift from manual to virtual transmission. Tolu Olasoji, Quartz, 24 Feb. 2023 This is where COMSOL Multiphysics plays an integral part, by allowing for accurate computation and collation of the inputs, like heat profile information, that are required to develop a BMS with surgical precision. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Jan. 2023 Above is a collation of drone imagery recorded using a DJI Phantom 3 over a range of sites across Zanzibar. Andy Hardy, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of collation was in the 14th century

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“Collation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


col·​la·​tion kə-ˈlā-shən, kä-, kō- How to pronounce collation (audio)
in the civil law of Louisiana : the actual or supposed return of goods to the mass of the succession that is made by an heir who received property in advance for the purpose of having the property divided with the rest of the succession compare hotchpot

Note: Children and grandchildren of a decedent must return anything that they received in advance by donation inter vivos. Further, they cannot claim legacies made to them unless made expressly by the decedent as an advantage over their coheirs to be received besides their portion of the succession. Donations made to a grandchild by a grandparent during the life of the child's father are not subject to collation. A collation may be made in kind by the actual delivering up of the thing given, or by taking less from the succession in proportion to the value of the thing received in advance.


French, from Latin collatio bonorum (in Roman law) contribution made by emancipated heirs to an estate under an intestate succession, literally, bringing together of goods

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