- a ship for carrying coal.
- a coal miner.
- Obsolete. a person who carries or sells coal.
Origin of collier
- Jeremy,1650–1726, English clergyman and author.
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Examples from the Web for collier
By the time Collier's turned "Ocean" down, Salinger's book was pretty much complete.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author
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"Absolutely," said Collier, though he pointed toward the high concentrations of household viewing on the night.
"The greatest challenge for us comes with managing change," Collier said.
"We are trying to create premium television on basic cable," said Collier.
"I think that will take us into other formats," said Collier.
They say you want to marry her yourself, Collier,—is that true?'
Collier assured him that you only desired liberty, that you might take your own road in life.
Two were banged; Paten and another, named Collier, acquitted.
My name is Collier; I never changed it I, too, was in the dock on that day.
A complete review of the Collier forgeries, with bibliography.The Facts About Shakespeare
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- a coal miner
- a ship designed to transport coal
- a member of its crew
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