- a stiff, narrow, bandlike white collar fastened at the back of the neck, worn by certain clerics.
Origin of clerical collar
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called reversed collar, Roman collar.
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- 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 ChurchesInformal name: dog collar
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