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[ kol-er ]


  1. the part of a shirt, coat, dress, blouse, etc., that encompasses the neckline of the garment and is sewn permanently to it, often so as to fold or roll over.
  2. a similar but separate, detachable article of clothing worn around the neck or at the neckline of a garment. Compare clerical collar.
  3. anything worn or placed around the neck.
  4. a leather or metal band or a chain, fastened around the neck of an animal, used especially as a means of restraint or identification.
  5. the part of the harness that fits across the withers and over the shoulders of a draft animal, designed to distribute the pressure of the load drawn.
  6. an ornamental necklace worn as insignia of an order of knighthood.
  7. a narrow strip of leather or other material stitched around the top of a shoe as reinforcement or trimming.
  8. Zoology. any of various collarlike markings or structures around the neck; torque.
  9. Metallurgy.
    1. a raised area of metal for reinforcing a weld.
    2. a raised rim at the end of a roll in a rolling mill to check lateral expansion of the metal being rolled.
  10. Machinery. a short ring formed on or fastened over a rod or shaft as a locating or holding part.
  11. (in iron or steel construction) a rigid frame for maintaining the form of an opening.
  12. the upper rim of a borehole, shot hole, or mine shaft.
  13. Also called bracelet. a narrow horizontal molding encircling the top or bottom of a furniture leg.
  14. Glassmaking. merese.
  15. Informal.
    1. an arrest; capture.
    2. a person placed under arrest.

verb (used with object)

  1. to put a collar on; furnish with a collar:

    They finally succeeded in collaring the unwilling dog.

  2. to seize by the collar or neck:

    We collared the little fellow and brought him, struggling all the while, into the house.

  3. to detain (someone anxious to leave) in conversation:

    The reporters collared the witness for an hour.

  4. to lay hold of, seize, or take.
  5. Informal. to place under arrest.
  6. to roll up and bind (meat, fish, etc.) for cooking.

verb (used without object)

  1. Metalworking. (of a piece being rolled) to wrap itself around a roller.


/ ˈkɒlə /


  1. the part of a garment around the neck and shoulders, often detachable or folded over
  2. any band, necklace, garland, etc, encircling the neck

    a collar of flowers

  3. a band or chain of leather, rope, or metal placed around an animal's neck to restrain, harness, or identify it
  4. biology a marking or structure resembling a collar, such as that found around the necks of some birds or at the junction of a stem and a root
  5. a section of a shaft or rod having a locally increased diameter to provide a bearing seat or a locating ring
  6. a cut of meat, esp bacon, taken from around the neck of an animal
  7. hot under the collar informal.
    aroused with anger, annoyance, etc
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. to put a collar on; furnish with a collar
  2. to seize by the collar
  3. informal.
    to seize; arrest; detain
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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  • collar·less adjective
  • un·collar verb (used with object)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of collar1

1250–1300; Middle English coler < Anglo-French; Old French colier < Latin collāre neckband, collar, equivalent to coll ( um ) neck + -āre, neuter (as noun) of -āris -ar 1; spelling later conformed to Latin ( -ar 2 )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of collar1

C13: from Latin collāre neckband, neck chain, collar, from collum neck
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. hot under the collar, Informal. angry; excited; upset.

More idioms and phrases containing collar

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Example Sentences

I am a bachelor and need to know how to clean "ring around the collar."

The punishment can be a yell, forcing the dog down, a sharp word or jerk of the collar.

That led to a failure of the mainstream business community and economists and politicians to recognize the challenges that led to the disenfranchisement of blue collar workers.

Get some good gearSearch for “walking a dog” online and you’ll find pages of photos with people holding leashes attached to a collar around a dog’s throat, which is exactly what the experts we spoke to advise against.

Lots of things now have GPS receivers inside, including smartphones, cars and even dog collars.

GOP leaders refused; they saw that Duke was pulling blue-collar Democrats to the party.

His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck.

A portrait of him was done once in which the collar point was made to sit in its proper place.

The only surprise was the left collar point, which was allowed to curl.

My adopted home region of Southern California has seen an almost 14% drop in high-wage blue-collar jobs since 2007.

His hat was pushed back from his forehead, the collar of his blue flannel shirt was open.

Presently there was a clattering of hoofs behind him, and Ribsy came galloping along the road, with nothing on him but his collar.

He had had his jaw smashed but I have seen men pull longer faces at breaking a collar stud.

His attire, from the square-pointed collar down to the neat black brogues, was spotless.

Sikes had disappeared for an instant; but he was up again, and had him by the collar before the smoke had cleared away.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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