Borrowed from Anglo-Norman collectour, from Late Latin collector, from Latin colligō (“to gather together”), from com- (“together”) + legō (“to choose”), from Proto-Indo-European *leǵ- (“to pick out, select”) (Watkins, 1969)
- enPR: kə-lĕk'tər
- (General American) IPA(key): /kəˈlɛktɚ/
- (UK) IPA(key): /kəˈlɛktə(ɹ)/
- Rhymes: -ɛktə(ɹ)
collector (plural collectors)
- A person who or thing that 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 :”, in 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.”
- 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),
- 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.
- (electronics) The amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor.
- A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book.
- Volumes without the collector's own reflections.
- (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?)
- a major sewer which collects sewerage from a number of smaller branch sewers
- A mafioso whose task is to collect protection money from small businesses
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