Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “collateral”

See all translations

collateral

noun [U] uk   /kəˈlæt.ər.əl/ us    /-ˈlæt̬.ɚ-/

collateral noun [U] (SECURITY FOR DEBT )

valuable property owned by someone who wants to borrow money, that they agree will become the property of the company or person who lends the money if the debt is not paid back: She used/put up her house as collateral for a loan.

collateral

noun [C] uk   /kəˈlæt.ər.əl/ us    /-ˈlæt̬.ɚ-/

collateral noun [C] (BLOOD VESSEL)

specialized medical a smaller blood vessel or nerve that grows out of the main part

collateral

adjective uk   /kəˈlæt.ər.əl/ us    /-ˈlæt̬.ɚ-/ formal
connected but less important, or of the same family although not directly related: collateral senses of a word a collateral branch of the family
Translations of “collateral”
in Spanish Garantía…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擔保品,抵押品…
in Russian залог…
in Turkish teminat, güvence…
in Chinese (Simplified) 担保品,抵押品…
in Polish gwarancja, zabezpieczenie…
(Definition of collateral from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of collateral?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “collateral”

Definitions of “collateral” in other dictionaries

SMART Thesaurus: New growth in plants

“collateral”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More