Meaning of COLLECTION in English
/ kəˈlekʃn; NAmE / noun
GROUP OF OBJECTS / PEOPLE
[ C ] a group of objects, often of the same sort, that have been collected :
a stamp / coin, etc. collection
The painting comes from his private collection.
[ C ] a group of objects or people :
There was a collection of books and shoes on the floor.
There is always a strange collection of runners in the London Marathon.
TAKING AWAY / BRINGING TOGETHER
[ C , U ] an act of taking sth away from a place; an act of bringing things together into one place :
refuse / garbage collection
The last collection from this postbox is at 5.15.
Your suit will be ready for collection on Tuesday.
The first stage in research is data collection.
POEMS / STORIES / MUSIC
[ C ] a group of poems, stories or pieces of music published together as one book or disc :
a collection of stories by women writers
[ C ] an act of collecting money to help a charity or during a church service; the money collected :
a house-to-house collection for Cancer Research
The total collection last week amounted to £250.
[ C ] a range of new clothes or items for the home that are designed, made and offered for sale, often for a particular season :
Armani's stunning new autumn collection
late Middle English : via Old French from Latin collectio(n-) , from colligere gather together, from col- together + legere choose or collect.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005