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collier

[kol-yer] /ˈkɒl yər/
noun
1.
a ship for carrying coal.
2.
a coal miner.
3.
Obsolete. a person who carries or sells coal.
Origin of collier
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English coliere; see coal, -ier1

Collier

[kol-yer] /ˈkɒl yər/
noun
1.
Jeremy, 1650–1726, English clergyman and author.
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  • They say you want to marry her yourself, collier,—is that true?'

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  • collier assured him that you only desired liberty, that you might take your own road in life.

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  • Two were banged; Paten and another, named collier, acquitted.

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  • My name is collier; I never changed it I, too, was in the dock on that day.

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  • A complete review of the collier forgeries, with bibliography.

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British Dictionary definitions for collier

collier

/ˈkɒlɪə/
noun (mainly Brit)
1.
a coal miner
2.
  1. a ship designed to transport coal
  2. a member of its crew
Word Origin
C14: from coal + -ier
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Word Origin and History for collier
n.

late 13c., collere "charcoal maker and seller," agent noun from Middle English col (see coal). They were notorious for cheating their customers. Sense of "ship for hauling coal" is from 1620s.

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