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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Synonyms for collection


assemblage, library

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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

Like past brand collaborations, Vineyard Vines for Target is an expansive collection. Glamour, "Here's Your First Look at Target's Collaboration With Vineyard Vines," 26 Apr. 2019 Last year, Kylie Jenner celebrated Mother's Day with an extra-special Kylie Cosmetics collection devoted to her mom, Kris Jenner. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Dropped a Kris Jenner Makeup Collection Just in Time for Mother's Day," 23 Apr. 2019 On April 29th, Kylie plans to debut Kybrow, an eyebrow beauty collection that includes Brow Pencils, Brow Pomade, Brow Powder Duo, Brow Gel, Brow Highlighter, and a Brow Brush. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Announced a Kylie Cosmetics Eyebrow Line Called Kybrow," 23 Apr. 2019 Fortunately, Torrid has launched The Wedding Shop, a capsule collection designed exclusively for sizes 10-30. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Torrid Has Launched a New Wedding Dress Collection—and Everything Is Under $200," 11 Apr. 2019 Mobley explains that the Queen takes the decision process of who inherits what jewels very personally, as one does with such an incredible jewelry collection. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Royal Heirloom Baby Sussex Will Inherit From the Queen, According to a Diamond Expert," 4 Apr. 2019 Gigi also collaborates with a lot of brands, like Vogue Eyewear, Tommy Hilfiger, and Reebok, designing sunglasses, capsule collections, and sneakers, respectively. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Gigi Hadid's Net Worth is WAY More Than Her Sister Bella's," 26 Mar. 2019 The brand is not only the official style partner of the Derby (for the nineth straight year!), but Vineyard Vines also has an entire Derby collection to make your race day shopping a breeze. 3. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Most Festive Kentucky Derby Party of All Time," 13 Mar. 2019 With his appointment, Simons would run the company’s many-tentacled business: intimates, denim, men and women’s runway collections, and home goods. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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10 May 2019

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

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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