a person or thing that collects; specif.,
- a person whose work is collecting taxes, overdue bills, etc.
- a person who collects stamps, books, etc. as a hobby
- in some transistors, the region or layer of semiconductor material, acting as an electrode, that receives the electric current from the base
Origin of collectorMiddle English collectour from Medieval Latin collector
- One that collects: a dust collector.
- A person employed to collect taxes, duties, or other payments.
- A person who makes a collection, as of stamps.
- An electrode collector.
- A solar collector.
- A person who or thing which collects, or which creates or manages a collection.
- He is an avid collector of nineteenth-century postage stamps.
- That old piano is just a big dust collector.
- A person who is employed to collect payments.
- She works for the government as a tax collector.
- (electronics) The amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor.
- A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book.
- (historical) One holding a Bachelor of Arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent.