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

Origin of collar

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 -ar1; spelling later conformed to Latin (cf. -ar2)
Related formscol·lar·less, adjectiveun·col·lar, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for collar

Contemporary Examples of collar

Historical Examples of collar

  • The knight wears the collar of SS, and his arms are on his surcoat.

  • He ran his finger around his collar—an old gesture; but the collar was very loose.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • His collar was low for the mode, his gloveless hands were red.

  • Martin was thankful when he felt the collar buttons in their holes.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He tugged at his collar as if to breathe the easier, cleared his throat and began again.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for collar


  1. the part of a garment around the neck and shoulders, often detachable or folded over
  2. any band, necklace, garland, etc, encircling the necka 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
verb (tr)
  1. to put a collar on; furnish with a collar
  2. to seize by the collar
  3. informal to seize; arrest; detain

Word Origin for collar

C13: from Latin collāre neckband, neck chain, collar, from collum neck
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Word Origin and History for collar

c.1300, "neck armor, gorget," from Old French coler "neck, collar" (12c., Modern French collier), from Latin collare "necklace, band or chain for the neck," from collum "the neck," from PIE *kwol-o- "neck" (cf. Old Norse and Middle Dutch hals "neck"), literally "that on which the head turns," from root *kwel- "move round, turn about" (see cycle (n.)). Late 14c. as "border at the neck of a garment."


1550s, "to grab (someone) by the collar or neck," from collar (n.). Meaning "to capture" is attested from 1610s. Related: Collared; collaring. As a past participle adjective, collared "wearing a collar" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with collar


see hot under the collar.

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