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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Mark, a serious wine collector, and Mario, a native of Calabria, restaurateur and chef, can... Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Confessions of an Orange-Wine Skeptic," 30 May 2019 The book, available November 9th, follows Kiki the collector and Jax the sorter, whose friendship runs into trouble when Kiki's collection gets out of hand. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Marie Kondo's New Book Sparks Joy For Kids," 23 May 2019 Passionate Naked collectors — and pretty much anyone with eyes — will remember Naked as the beauty product that changed their lids forever. Marci Robin, Allure, "Urban Decay Is Discontinuing the Original Naked Palette, and I'm Not Crying, You're Crying," 23 Aug. 2018 Toll collectors and another motorist appear to be in a state of shock — thinking, at least at first, that the crash might have been intentional, police said. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Passenger is ejected from vehicle in violent crash — and somehow lives to tell about it," 13 June 2018 Boone kept order, according to her friend, the collector Barbara Jakobson. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 But the slippers reported to have been in the collector's mansion were phonies, and divers found nothing at the... Kristine Phillips, The Seattle Times, "No place like the rightful home: Stolen ruby slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’ recovered by FBI," 4 Sep. 2018 The locket frame containing the locks of hair is part of an eclectic set of artifacts amassed by the late collector David Gainsborough-Roberts. James Rogers, Fox News, "Lock of Napoleon's hair up for auction," 17 Aug. 2018 The collectors hounded consumers named in the fake loans so much that some paid them off. Mark Davis And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Joel Tucker indicted in fake payday loan scheme, accused of lying to bankruptcy judge," 29 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 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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