collector

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman collectour, from Late Latin collector, from Latin colligere ("to gather together", past participle collectus), from com- (together) + legare (to choose), from Proto-Indo-European *leg- (to pick out, select) (Watkins, 1969)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: kō-lĕk'tûr, kə-lĕk'tûr, kə-lĕk'tər

Noun[edit]

collector (plural collectors)

  1. A person who or thing which collects, or which creates or manages a collection.
    He is an avid collector of nineteenth-century postage stamps.
    That old piano is just a big dust collector.
    • 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, The Onion AV Club:
      Hungry for fame and the approval of rare-animal collector Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), Darwin deceives the Captain and his crew into believing they can get enough booty to win the pirate competition by entering Polly in a science fair. So the pirates journey to London in cheerful, blinkered defiance of the Queen, a hotheaded schemer whose royal crest reads simply “I hate pirates.”
  2. A person who is employed to collect payments.
    She works for the government as a tax collector.
    • 1668 July 3rd, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547
      Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
  3. (electronics) The amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor.
  4. A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book.
    • Addison
      Volumes without the collector's own reflections.
  5. (historical) One holding a Bachelor of Arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Todd to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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