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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Banerjee and his team work with waste collectors in West Bengal to gather garbage -- including water bottles and disposable bags. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "Indian student creates a brick made from recycled plastic," 25 Nov. 2019 Avid fisherman, outdoorsman, collector and skilled in many areas of technology., "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/24," 24 Nov. 2019 An actual Salvation Army collector stopped by a short time later, but the donations, totaling $350 to $400, had already been taken. Dominic Fracassa,, "Impostor swindles hundreds from Salvation Army volunteer," 24 Nov. 2019 The Smiley Barn's O'Malley says Playmobil retires Christmas toys every year to create a new holiday product, so these will be popular with both kids and collectors. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking for toys to buy for your kids this Christmas? Here's what Milwaukee area toy store owners recommend.," 22 Nov. 2019 The collector-distributor roads would look like frontage roads. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Here's how Broadway Curve improvements could ease commutes on I-10," 22 Nov. 2019 Event brings together top exhibitors, designers, collectors and admirers of ancient to contemporary art and design. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles, Incubus," 21 Nov. 2019 Pappy is highly coveted by collectors and hard to get your hands on. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "It's back! Here's everything you need to know about Kroger's Pappy Van Winkle lottery," 20 Nov. 2019 Dave Thomas, a collector of military equipment, is the owner of a M15 Autocar half track. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Restored WWII Half-Track Is a Masterpiece," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of collector

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collector was in the 14th century

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3 Dec 2019

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“Collector.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce collector (audio)

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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