Pronunciation: (ku-lek'shun), [key]
1. the act of collecting.
2. something that is collected; a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, esp. for some purpose or as a result of some process: a stamp collection; a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom; a collection of books on Churchill.
3. the works of art constituting the holdings of an art museum: a history of the museum and of the collection.
4. the gathered or exhibited works of a single painter, sculptor, etc.: an excellent Picasso collection.
5. collections,the various holdings of an art museum organized by category, as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, or film: the director of the collections.
6. the clothes or other items produced by a designer, esp. for a seasonal line: the spring collection.
7. a sum of money collected, esp. for charity or church use.
8. Manège.act of bringing or coming into a collected attitude.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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