Meaning of COLLATION in English

COLLATION

[ kə'leɪʃ(ə)n ]

■ noun

1》 the action of collating.

2》 formal a light informal meal.

↘(in the Roman Catholic Church) a light meal allowed during a fast.

Origin

ME: via OFr. from L. collatio(n-) , from conferre (see confer ); sense 2 from a text entitled Collationes Patrum in Scetica Eremo Commorantium , from which a reading would be given in Benedictine communities prior to a light meal.

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