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  1. a ship for carrying coal.
  2. a coal miner.
  3. Obsolete. a person who carries or sells coal.

Origin of collier

1300–50; Middle English coliere; see coal, -ier1


  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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    Charles James Lever

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

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    Charles James Lever

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

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    Charles James Lever

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

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

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

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    William Allan Nielson

British Dictionary definitions for collier


noun mainly British
  1. a coal miner
    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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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