collector's item

noun

: an item whose rarity or excellence makes it especially worth collecting
broadly : collectible

Examples of collector's item in a Sentence

Her paintings have become collector's items.
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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collector's item was in 1932

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“Collector's item.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collector%27s%20item. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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