col·​lec·​tor | \ kə-ˈlek-tər How to pronounce collector (audio) \

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 How to pronounce collector (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web In the past, BMW's CS models have become collector's items. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "627-HP 2022 BMW M5 CS Will Be the Ultimate M5 (for Now)," 26 Jan. 2021 The 2021 Winter Carnival buttons are available for purchase for $5 each or $19 for the collector's pack of all four. Star Tribune, "Artist-designed buttons celebrate St. Paul Winter Carnival," 7 Dec. 2020 Read more about the collector who has this one-of-a-kind prototype, plus a lot more in his vast (and valuable) Hot Wheels collection. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Career moves to make in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 The rub was that Wosczyna is a collector of unusual bulbous plants such as jack-in-the-pulpits and other aroids, as well as spring flowers such as trilliums. Washington Post, "In a challenging, exhausting year, the garden has been a lifeline for many," 23 Dec. 2020 Brander, who was born in Argentina but raised in Santa Barbara, is also a collector of Mexican art, which can be seen in a gallery adjacent to the tasting room. Matt Kettmann,, "The essential Santa Barbara County winery bucket list," 17 Dec. 2020 Unlike her parents or her brother, who is a trash collector, Ms. Mu Nan received her Thai citizenship this year, a process that took three years of filling out forms and battling bureaucracy. New York Times, "As Refugees, Their Options Were Limited. Others Saw a Profit.," 5 Dec. 2020 The Playlist is near and dear to any true blue record collector’s heart. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Steve Arrington’s Playlist Is Gonna Funk You Up Good," 20 Nov. 2020 Glover was also a meticulous collector and archivist. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Minnesota legend and Dylan friend Tony Glover's 'extraordinary time machine' is up for auction," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of collector

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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18 Feb 2021

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“Collector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce collector (audio) \

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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