1. One who collects things which are separate; esp., one who makes a business or practice of collecting works of art, objects in natural history, etc.; as, a collector of coins.
I digress into Soho to explore a bookstall. Methinks I have been thirty years a collector. --Lamb.
2. A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book.
Volumes without the collector's own reflections. --Addison.
3. Com. An officer appointed and commissioned to collect and receive customs, duties, taxes, or toll.
A great part of this is now embezzled . . . by collectors, and other officers. --Sir W. Temple.
4. One authorized to collect debts.
5. A bachelor of arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent.
n 1: a person who collects things [syn: aggregator]
2: a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or
taxes) [syn: gatherer, accumulator]
3: a crater that has collected cosmic material hitting the
4: the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow
of carriers leaves the region between the electrodes