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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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 letter, which includes a leather clamshell case, is likely to be sold to a museum or private collector who will know how to properly preserve it, Livingston said. Mark Pratt, Fox News, "Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction," 10 July 2018 After realizing not much was known about one of the world's most elegant socialites in her own hometown, Rogers got busy contacting museums and collectors to bring 50 of Bismarck's most admired ensembles to her home state. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Must-see' museum exhibit is in Louisville — and it features 'royalty'," 9 July 2018 Jeff Myer, litigation director at Legal Action of Wisconsin, said such repeat filings turn the court into the landlord's bill collector. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 According to the press release, researchers now believe the second Amerbach papyrus was stolen from the Ravenna collection and traded amongst art collectors. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrus," 13 July 2018 The former Comcast sales supervisor and movie memorabilia collector said escape rooms are his true calling. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man who broke into an ‘escape room’ repeatedly called 911 when he couldn’t escape, police say," 12 July 2018 The woman parked her SUV in an emergency lane on the collector ramp for the Ronald Reagan Parkway and the airport when she was struck by a pickup truck about 5 a.m., Indiana State Police Sgt. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Woman awaiting help on I-70 is fatally struck by passing vehicle," 11 July 2018 Hard copies of the book, which has long been out of print, have fetched as much as $2,500 among collectors., "SoftBank raises stake in Yahoo Japan in purchase from Altaba," 11 July 2018 In the normal configuration, the collector-distributor narrows to one lane where drivers merge onto I-5. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Revive I-5: Why you see traffic barrels blocking a lane even when there’s no active construction," 9 July 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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