(?), n. [LL. collector one who collects: cf. F. collecteur.] 1. One who collects things which are separate; esp., one who makes a business or practice of collecting works of art, objects in natural history, etc.; as, a collector of coins.
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I digress into Soho to explore a bookstall. Methinks I have been thirty years a collector.
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2. A compiler of books; one who collects scattered passages and puts them together in one book.
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Volumes without the collector's own reflections.
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3. (Com.) An officer appointed and commissioned to collect and receive customs, duties, taxes, or toll.
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A great part of this is now embezzled . . . by collectors, and other officers.
Sir W. Temple.
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4. One authorized to collect debts.
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5. A bachelor of arts in Oxford, formerly appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent. Todd.
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