(countable and uncountable, plural collations)
(ecclesiastical) The presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by a bishop, who has it in his own gift.(law, Scotland) An heir's right to combine the whole heritable and movable estates of the deceased into one mass, sharing it equally with others who are of the same degree of kindred.
- Bringing together.
- The act of bringing things together and comparing them; comparison. [from 14th c.]
- The act of collating pages or sheets of a book, or from printing etc. [from 19th c.]
- A collection, a gathering. [from 20th c.]
- (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.
From Old French collation, from Latin collationem, from the participle stem of conferre (“to bring together”).