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or collectable

[kuh-lek-tuh-buh l] /kəˈlɛk tə bəl/
capable of being collected.
an object suitable for a collection, originally a work of fine art or an antique, now including also any of a wide variety of items collected as a hobby, for display, or as an investment whose value may appreciate.
Origin of collectible
1640-50; collect1 + -ible
Related forms
noncollectable, adjective
noncollectible, adjective
precollectable, adjective
precollectible, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The collectable curios in metal include many which cannot be classified.

  • Less was not collectable by law, but was not a punishable offence.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Among the collectable curios of old households are many antiquities from foreign lands.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Match boxes are collectable, and collectors of fire-making and lighting contrivances often include a few old matches.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Some similar calendars in tiny leather bindings, beautifully tooled and ornamented in gold, are also collectable.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • The table appointments are among the collectable curios of the library, and prominent among these is the inkstand.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Drinking cups, tankards, and flagons constitute another very important section of collectable curios.

British Dictionary definitions for collectable


(of antiques, objets d'art, etc) of interest to a collector
any object regarded as being of interest to a collector
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Word Origin and History for collectable



also collectable, 1650s, "that may be collected," from collect + -ible. Meaning "sought-after by collectors of relics, souveniers, etc." is recorded from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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