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[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.
Also, collectable.
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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Examples from the web for collectibles
  • The joint itself is a narrow stand-up affair, its hot turquoise walls joyfully cluttered with pop-art collectibles.
  • They might add that these might become collectibles after they come to be recognized for the swindle that they are.
  • Since then, the comic-book collectibles market has exploded.
  • The market for collectibles is heating up as investors search for something less volatile to put their money in.
  • Our clock selection also includes tide clocks and historic collectibles, as well as digital projection clocks.
  • Items to be auctioned may include but are not limited to coins, jewelry and other collectibles.
  • Use this guide to research antiques and collectibles.
  • Orders for in-stock collectibles will be processed and shipped immediately and cannot be cancelled.
  • Seasonal gifts, accessories, and collectibles for all the family.
Word Origin and History for collectibles

also collectables, "things worth collecting," 1952, American English, from collectible.



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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