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clerical collar

a stiff, narrow, bandlike white collar fastened at the back of the neck, worn by certain clerics.
Also called reversed collar, Roman collar.
Origin of clerical collar
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Young man, you betray your ignorance," spake the clerical collar.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • Next to her was a perspiring young curate in a clerical collar.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • A tall silk hat and a clerical collar and cravat completed his attire.

  • Gud sat down and the clerical collar poured him a cup of hot water, but neglected to pass him the tea ball.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • She even made a minister doll, in clerical collar and surplice, and used to rent him out for doll weddings.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • The clerical collar may be singled out, as it fastens behind like the bands, though the reason for this is not at all obvious.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • The long fingers pulled at the clerical collar as if they might tear it away.

    August First

    Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
  • He remembered, with hot ears and neck crimson above his clerical collar, that interview.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for clerical collar

clerical collar

a stiff white collar with no opening at the front that buttons at the back of the neck; the distinctive mark of the clergy in certain Churches Informal name dog collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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