col·​lec·​tion | \ kə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce collection (audio) \

Definition of collection

1 : the act or process of collecting the collection of data the collection of taxes
2a : something collected especially : an accumulation of objects gathered for study, comparison, or exhibition or as a hobby a collection of poems a collection of photographs a baseball card collection
b : group, aggregate a collection of symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and joint pain
c : a set of apparel designed for sale usually in a particular season the designer's spring collection of dresses

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for collection


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of collection in a Sentence

a system of tax collection The technology makes data collection easier. There will be a trash collection this week. The museum's collection is one of the best in the country. We took up a collection for the school renovations. Ten percent of the collection goes to the city's shelters for homeless people.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web And true, collections were at an all-time high last fiscal year — about $675 million., "Massachusetts has the 31st highest gas tax in the country, according to the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C., tax policy nonprofit.," 1 Dec. 2019 Kids' Bath The family’s personal art collection is a mix of graphics, abstracts, and works by Joseph Albers. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "The Indoor-Outdoor Dining Room in This San Francisco Victorian is Goals," 28 Nov. 2019 Oracle’s alarming—or, to some, alarmist—messaging about Android’s data collection is just one example. Brian Barth, The New Yorker, "Big Tech’s Big Defector," 25 Nov. 2019 Unique tracking numbers are given to victims after the kit collection is complete, but any person with the number can type it into a web portal to find out the current status and location of the kit. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Ohio closer to launching rape-kit tracking system to help victims follow evidence," 24 Nov. 2019 While the collection is impressive for its sheer volume, the data doesn't include sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers. Wired, "1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server," 22 Nov. 2019 Among his favorite items was a collection of stamps honoring African American leaders. Jeff Barker,, "After ‘unfathomable loss,’ Elijah Cummings’ congressional staff is in limbo as it carries on without him," 21 Nov. 2019 The full collection will be available to shop tonight (Nov. 21) at 6 pm ET exclusively on the Ruthie Davis website. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ruthie Davis' New "Frozen 2" Themed Shoe Collection Will Make You Feel Like Queen Elsa IRL," 21 Nov. 2019 Potential danger: This deliciously scented collection of chemicals could, if licked or eaten, be dangerous. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Guns, slime and yetis: The 10 worst toys of 2019, according to consumer watchdog group," 20 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'collection.' 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 collection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collection

see collect entry 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about collection

Time Traveler for collection

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for collection

Last Updated

6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Collection.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for collection


How to pronounce collection (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of collection

: the act or process of getting things from different places and bringing them together
: a group of interesting or beautiful objects brought together in order to show or study them or as a hobby
: a request for money in order to help people or to pay for something important also : the money collected in this way


col·​lec·​tion | \ kə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce collection (audio) \

Kids Definition of collection

1 : the act or process of gathering together collection of trash
2 : a group of things that have been gathered A collection of tools cluttered the garage.
3 : a group of objects gathered for study or exhibition or as a hobby
4 : the act of gathering money (as for charitable purposes)
5 : money gathered for a charitable purpose

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on collection

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


very cautious or careful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


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!