- The definition of collation is the act of assembling people or elements into an order for a specific purpose.
When you put papers into the order that they need to be in, this is an example of collation.
- 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
- The act or process of collating.
- a. A light meal permitted on fast days.b. A light meal.
(countable and uncountable, plural collations)
- Bringing together.
- (in the plural) The Collationes Patrum in Scetica Eremo Commorantium by John Cassian, an important ecclesiastical work. (Now usually with capital initial.) [from 13th c.]
- A reading held from the work mentioned above, as a regular service in Benedictine monasteries. [from 14th c.]
- The light meal taken by monks after the reading service mentioned above. [from 14th c.]
- Any light meal or snack. [from 16th c.]
(third-person singular simple present collations, present participle collationing, simple past and past participle collationed)
- (obsolete) To partake of a collation, or light meal.
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