- the act, process, or result of collating
- a conference or gathering, as of monks at the close of the day to listen to a reading from a religious book and to discuss it
- a light meal: originally such a meal was served in a monastery during the collation (sense )
- Library Science the physical description of a book, including the trim size, number of pages and illustrations, etc.
Origin of collationMiddle English collacioun from Old French collacion, discourse from Classical Latin collatio: see collate