A collation is the collection and ordering of materials, usually paper. It can be tedious and repetitive work, so most people are more than happy to let a copy machine do the job for them.

Collation actually has two separate and very different meanings. After you finish the collation of all those document pages, you might grab a quick collation. (That is, you deserve a light snack after all that organizing.) That's right, a collation is also "a light meal," usually cold, and often set out for people to take at their leisure. It sometimes refers to a small meal eaten on fasting days.

Definitions of collation
  1. noun
    assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
    see moresee less
    type of:
    aggregation, assembling, collecting, collection
    the act of gathering something together
  2. noun
    careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
    see moresee less
    type of:
    comparing, comparison
    the act of examining resemblances
  3. noun
    a light informal meal
    synonyms: bite, snack
    see moresee less
    snacks and drinks served as a light meal
    (Yiddish) a snack or light meal
    coffee break, tea break
    a snack taken during a break in the work day
    type of:
    meal, repast
    the food served and eaten at one time
Word Family