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

Other Words from collector

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The buyer of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was an unnamed private collector, who agreed with the company that the car will remain accessible for public display on special occasions. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 20 May 2022 The collector, who owns several works by Barnes and other prominent Black artists such as Charles White and John T. Biggers, flew to New York for the auction and seemed to be pleased with his new piece’s affordability too, according to Artnet. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Attendees will once again be able to participate in a 50/50 raffle, grab lunch from one of the local food trucks and enjoy live music while checking out collector cars from South Florida. Sergio Carmona, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Dan shouts and screams at the tax collector, who sprays mace or pepper spray in Dan’s face. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Orange County’s tax collector, Scott Randolph, has estimated that residents would see property taxes climb as much as 20 percent. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 By then, the bulldozers had already arrived outside the three units, with top officials in attendance—the chief municipal officer, the district collector, the divisional commissioner of Indore. Supriya Sharma, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2022 Arms credits his collector’s mentality, combined with an early exposure to gardening, for his current obsession for cultivating. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2022 Mecum Auctions returns to Arizona this month, bringing 1,500 collector cars, boats and motorcycles to State Farm Stadium in Glendale for its fourth year. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of collector

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collector

Middle English collectour, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin collēctōr-, collēctor, from colleg-, variant stem of colligere "to gather together, assemble, accumulate" + -tōr-, -tor, agent suffix — more at collect entry 2

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25 May 2022

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“Collector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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