col·​lec·​tor | \ kə-ˈlek-tər \

Definition of collector

: one that collects: such as
a : an official who collects funds or moneys
b : a person who makes a collection stamp collector
c : an object or device that collects the statuette was a dust collector

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collectorship \ kə-​ˈlek-​tər-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of collector in a Sentence

He is an avid stamp collector. The painting was purchased by a private collector. The trash collectors came early today.
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An unsung hero of the American avant-garde—the collector Peggy Guggenheim was a friend and fan—Sterne (née Lindenberg), who died in 2011 at the age of 100, was inspired in part by the thrilling pace of postwar American life. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Radical Female Artist (and an Unsung Hero of the Avant-Garde) Gets Another Look in “Hedda Sterne: Structures and Landscapes”," 29 Oct. 2018 If the car goes the way of the horse, prices for rare collector cars at Pebble Beach may continue to rise. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide," 29 Aug. 2018 In Midtown Manhattan, business improvement districts can contribute to the cost of maintaining the space created when streets are closed — the gardeners who tend the flowers, the trash collectors who pick up litter. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 The Museo Bardini, similarly named after the collector who donated many of its holdings, offers a display of Turkish, Persian and Mamluk carpets dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City’s 500-Year Connection to Islamic Art," 5 July 2018 The 17th annual Drivin’ the Dixie on June 16 offers a leisurely all-day drive from Blue Island to Momence in vintage cars, collector cars or contemporary vehicles. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Drivin' the Dixie features vintage vehicles and contemporary cars touring historic highway," 7 June 2018 The inaugural show had about 230 classic and collector cars registered and more than 1,000 spectators. Robert Duffer,, "Cars & Cops show returns to raise money for bulletproof vests for Chicago police," 18 May 2018 According to Mecum officials, Jackson has assembled about 100 classic and collector cars from the 1930s through the '70s and '80s. Justin L. Mack, USA TODAY, "Reggie Jackson is auctioning off part of his car collection," 12 May 2018 According to Mecum officials, Jackson has a private assemblage of around 100 classic and collector cars from the 1930s through the ‘70s and ‘80s. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "'Mr. October' Reggie Jackson bringing 18 of his classic cars to Mecum Indianapolis," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of collector

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of collector

: a person who collects certain things as a hobby
: a person whose job is to collect something (such as trash or money)


col·​lec·​tor | \ kə-ˈlek-tər \

Kids Definition of collector

1 : a person or thing that collects stamp collector
2 : a person whose business it is to collect money a bill collector

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