col·​la·​tion | \ kə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce collation (audio) , kä-, kō-\

Definition of collation

1 [ 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 : a light meal allowed on fast days in place of lunch or supper
b : a light meal
2 [ Middle English, from Latin collation-, collatio ] : the act, process, or result of collating

Examples of collation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Striking gold Gravitational waves are, as the text messages following the detection of S190814bv show, now part of a bigger endeavour involving the collation of data from many different sources. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 22 Aug. 2019 The platform is a collation of personalized happiness—a place filled with wedding cake and street fashion, expertly styled living rooms, and tips for taking care of your plants—all organized into an aesthetically pleasing grid of images. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help," 22 July 2019 Here is the collation of every single one, in alphabetical order., "Every Premier League Club's Player of the 2018/19 Season," 5 June 2019 There’s a similar wear-anywhere sensibility in the new bridal collation from H&M’s sister label, & Other Stories. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Would You Get Married in a $200 Dress? These 4 Brands Are Counting on It," 25 Apr. 2018 In fact, SmarterSafer, a collation made up of insurance companies, progressive environmental organizations and right-leaning think tanks, is one group advocating for sweeping change (pdf). Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "National Flood Insurance Is Underwater Because of Outdated Science," 23 Mar. 2018 In the past five years, spending on youth services has been slashed by a third, or by £28 million (about $37 million), according to a collation of data from 28 of London's 32 councils. CNN, "Torture in a Bottle," 29 Sep. 2017 There are more than 6,000 domestic observers and party agents at each tallying station will have to sign off on results that are then sent electronically to county offices and a national collation centre in the capital, Nairobi. Katharine Houreld / Reuters, Time, "Nervous Kenyans Head to the Polls Amid Fears of Electoral Violence," 7 Aug. 2017 At the Grand Synagogue after the morning services on a recent Saturday, the atmosphere was jovial at the kiddush, the post-prayer collation. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "French Jews Fear a New Strain of ISIS-Inspired Anti-Semitism," 24 Jan. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'collation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of collation

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about collation

Statistics for collation

Last Updated

4 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for collation

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for collation


col·​la·​tion | \ kə-ˈlā-shən, kä-, kō- How to pronounce collation (audio) \

Legal Definition of collation

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.

History and Etymology for collation

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

More from Merriam-Webster on collation

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with collation Encyclopedia article about collation

Comments on collation

What made you want to look up collation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


fear of the number 13

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!