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collection plate (plural collection plates)

  1. A plate or other container passed among the worshipers attending a Christian church service, into which donations of money are placed.
    • 1911, Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Story Girl, ch. 5 "Peter goes to church",
      Elder Frewen, a tall, pale man, with long, sandy side-whiskers, appeared at the door of our pew with the collection plate.

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