Meaning of COLLATION in English


I. kəˈlāshən, kä-, kō- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English collacioun bringing together, comparison, from Latin collation-, collatio, from collatus (used as past participle of conferre to bring together) (from com- + latus ) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at tolerate


[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin, bringing together]

a. : a reading from or conference upon some edifying book at a gathering of the members of a monastery at close of day

b. obsolete : an often informal conference


[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, conference]

a. : the refreshment taken at a monastic collation

b. : a light meal allowed on fast days in place of lunch or supper

c. : a light meal or other refreshment at an unusual hour served in connection with a ceremony or meeting

a collation after the church services


a. : the act of bringing together for comparing : a usually close, detailed, and careful comparison : comparative scrutiny : ordered arrangement made by comparison

b. : comparison of manuscripts or editions of a text to determine the original or the condition or authenticity of a particular copy ; also : the conclusions drawn and recorded from such comparison

c. : the act of collating a book or set of sheets ; also : the bibliographical description of a book expressed in a formula in which information about size, signatures, and pagination is represented by symbols

d. : the verification of a telegraphic message by repetition


a. : the bestowal of a living or other preferment upon a clergyman ; specifically : the bestowal of a living in the Church of England where the bishop is the patron

b. : the right of bestowing such a living

5. : the act of an heir or legatee under civil or Scots law in giving back to his ancestor's or testator's estate the property received from him during the ancestor's or testator's lifetime in order to bring about an equal distribution of property among those entitled : the return of advancements to an estate : hotchpot

Synonyms: see comparison

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

obsolete : collate

intransitive verb

obsolete : to eat a collation

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