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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web While the line itself spans both ready-to-wear and accessories, the collection is only available in two colorways: black and white, and black and red. Katie Attardo, Marie Claire, "Louis Vuitton Taps Urs Fischer for a New Line," 6 Jan. 2021 The collection includes four pairs of lipsticks inspired by London, Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles respectively. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Zoë Kravitz and YSL Beauté Created 8 Perfect Red Lipsticks Together," 6 Jan. 2021 The collection marks the second time the celebrated conceptual artist has collaborated with Louis Vuitton. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Louis Vuitton Taps Artist Urs Fischer for a Whimsical Collection," 6 Jan. 2021 The Rare Beauty spring collection launches on January 7. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Selena Gomez’s New Rare Beauty Campaign With Petra Collins," 5 Jan. 2021 The collection includes ten total products, with lip and eye colour, a setting spray, a blending sponge, and two prismatic cosmetic bags, all priced between $14 to $32 (approximately £10 to £23). Sarah Midkiff,, "Halsey Is Launching A Beauty Brand — & It’s Even Cooler Than You’d Expect," 5 Jan. 2021 The collection includes deeply dehumanizing images of men, women, and children in West Africa between 1909 and 1915, reflecting the contempt of the colonial impulse. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Happy New Year! Nothing is going to change," 5 Jan. 2021 Once in American hands, the collection passed from government building to government building, carefully maintained but barely noticed. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art," 4 Jan. 2021 The collection of license plate data has also been strongly criticized by civil libertarians, and is prohibited in some states. Washington Post, "Trump policing commission calls for independent probes of officer shootings, more technology use," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of collection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collection

see collect entry 2

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

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Collection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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

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