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collateral (kɒˈlætərəl Pronunciation for collateral ; kə-) 



    1. security pledged for the repayment of a loan
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a collateral loan
  1. a person, animal, or plant descended from the same ancestor as another but through a different line


  1. situated or running side by side
  2. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
  3. serving to support or corroborate
  4. aside from the main issue
  5. uniting in tendency

Derived Forms

colˈlaterally adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin collaterālis, from Latin com- together + laterālis of the side, from latus side


View thesaurus entry
= secondary, supporting, subordinate, auxiliary, ancillary, corroborative, confirmatory
= concurrent, parallel, not lineal

Translations for 'collateral'

  • British English: collateral Collateral is money or property which is used as a guarantee that someone will repay a loan. NOUNMany people use personal assets as collateral for small business loans.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: garantia subsidiária
  • Chinese: 担保金担擔保金
  • European Spanish: garantía subsidiaria
  • French: nantissement
  • German: Sicherheit
  • Italian: garanzia
  • Japanese: 担保
  • Korean: 담보
  • Portuguese: caução
  • Spanish: garantía subsidiaria

Example Sentences Including 'collateral'

But the collateral damage could build to dangerous levels before a federal election widely expected next spring, he warned.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Get accountants to count this collateral cost of growing world trade.
New Scientist (1998)
She had used the Doghouse for collateral , but with a clause.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
Something to ponder when the generals talk about " collateral damage.
Toronto Sun (2003)
The fact that liquid assets are easily saleable does not always make them good collateral.
Charles A. D'Ambrosio & Stewart D. Hodges & Richard Brealey & Stewart Myers Principles of Corporate Finance
`You both signed personal guarantees when you took out this loan originally, putting up your houses as collateral.
Stuart Harrison BETTER THAN THIS (2002)
`Your countrymen regard `security" as no more than the collateral offered against a loan of money.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K


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