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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Other Words from collector

collectorship \ kə-​ˈlek-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce collectorship (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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While Barbie is typically geared towards kids, this new doll will no doubt attract an older demo of collectors. Nick Romano,, "Barbie gets dolled up as David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust," 12 July 2019 Citing court documents and Skog’s guilty plea, a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says Skog owned a business that sold various coins and currencies and advertised in Numismatic News, a publication for coin collectors. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "Counterfeit coin dealer sentenced to 30 months in prison," 9 July 2019 Norman believes the Corvair is beginning to be recognized as a nice collector car. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: ’62 Corvair convertible hadn’t moved in 13 years," 24 June 2019 All Time Toys, which opened in Eldersburg in October and sells toys and collector items from the 1970s to modern day, had been on Ellicott City’s Main Street since 2006. Jess Nocera,, "Former Ellicott City toy store owner testifies before Senate committee in support of disaster relief programs," 21 June 2019 There is a tendency on the part of many collectors to buy the same artist's work that their friends are buying. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Why the Art Market Will Soon See the First Billion Dollar Sale," 19 June 2019 Thus the only drawback for collectors might have been that the jersey could not be attributed to the legendary 1927 Yankees, considered by many to be the greatest team in Major League Baseball history. Des Bieler,, "Babe Ruth Yankees jersey sells for $5.64 million - a record price," 17 June 2019 The water vapor then condenses on the clear covering and trickles into a collector. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need," 28 June 2019 Once completed, the passport card can be redeemed for a Frank Lloyd Wright Trail collectors mug. Phil Marty,, "Check out classic cars in South Bend, Ind., and more Midwest events," 26 June 2019

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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 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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