UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kəˈlɛktər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kəˈlɛktɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kə lektər)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
col•lec•tor /kəˈlɛktɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  • a person who makes a collection of something, as a hobby or for interest:He was an antiques collector.
    1. a person who collects money, debts, etc:a debt collector.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    col•lec•tor  (kə lektər),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. a person or thing that collects.
    2. a person employed to collect debts, duties, taxes, etc.
    3. a person who collects books, paintings, stamps, shells, etc., esp. as a hobby.
    4. Electricitya device for accumulating current from contact conductors.
    5. Electronicsan electrode in a transistor or vacuum tube for collecting electrons, ions, or holes.
    6. Metallurgypromoter (def. 5).
    7. EnergySee  solar collector. 
    col•lector•ship′, col•lector•ate, n. 
    • Medieval Latin, equivalent. to Latin colleg- (variant stem of colligere; see collect1) + -tor -tor
    • Anglo-French)
    • late Middle English ( 1375–1425

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    collector /kəˈlɛktə/ n
    1. a person or thing that collects
    2. a person employed to collect debts, rents, etc
    3. the head of a district administration in India
    4. a person who collects or amasses objects as a hobby
    5. the region in a transistor into which charge carriers flow from the base
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