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

d : solar collector

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Other Words from collector

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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The Obama administration cautioned against the use of bill collectors before legislation authorizing the program passed in 2015. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Private tax collection agencies lose money while going after the poor," 6 July 2018 Over the last two years, the authorities have pushed to bring under their control a recycling system that has long relied on an informal network of trash collectors like Liang. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Beijing gets tough on trash," 5 July 2018 Dealers say the recent influx of international collectors is maturing quickly, aided by advisers who can research auction catalogs and pinpoint undervalued offerings. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "At London’s Art Auctions, the Middle Is Where the Action Is," 25 June 2018 Since that time, accusations of forgery have been leveled in at least two other campaigns, both of which used some of the same signature collectors who did work for Syms' campaign. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Voter signature fraud allegations hit unprecedented levels in Arizona campaigns," 22 June 2018 As Harris says, a collection reflects the taste, sensibilities and exposures of the collectors. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "This is the conversation that kicked a Charlotte couple’s 40-year journey into high gear," 21 June 2018 Each piece is priced at $10, well within the budget of most art collectors. Jef Rouner, Houston Chronicle, "Wilde Collection art show makes dark less scary for young artists," 21 June 2018 The only analyst in the Property Tax Oversight department with with more than a year of experience overseeing the budgets of county tax collectors and property appraisers resigned citing health reasons last month. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "This key agency answers to the governor and Cabinet, but they don't ask many questions," 12 June 2018 Hundreds of garbage collectors live on the Yamuna's banks in New Delhi, making $2 to $4 per day recycling plastic waste collected from the river. Fox News, "In India, a trio of unlikely heroes wages war on plastic," 4 June 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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