- 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.
- a similar but separate, detachable article of clothing worn around the neck or at the neckline of a garment.Compare clerical collar.
- anything worn or placed around the neck.
- a leather or metal band or a chain, fastened around the neck of an animal, used especially as a means of restraint or identification.
- 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.
- an ornamental necklace worn as insignia of an order of knighthood.
- a narrow strip of leather or other material stitched around the top of a shoe as reinforcement or trimming.
- Zoology. any of various collarlike markings or structures around the neck; torque.
- a raised area of metal for reinforcing a weld.
- a raised rim at the end of a roll in a rolling mill to check lateral expansion of the metal being rolled.
- Machinery. a short ring formed on or fastened over a rod or shaft as a locating or holding part.
- (in iron or steel construction) a rigid frame for maintaining the form of an opening.
- the upper rim of a borehole, shot hole, or mine shaft.
- Also called bracelet. a narrow horizontal molding encircling the top or bottom of a furniture leg.
- Glassmaking. merese.
- an arrest; capture.
- a person placed under arrest.
- to put a collar on; furnish with a collar: They finally succeeded in collaring the unwilling dog.
- to seize by the collar or neck: We collared the little fellow and brought him, struggling all the while, into the house.
- to detain (someone anxious to leave) in conversation: The reporters collared the witness for an hour.
- to lay hold of, seize, or take.
- Informal. to place under arrest.
- to roll up and bind (meat, fish, etc.) for cooking.
- Metalworking. (of a piece being rolled) to wrap itself around a roller.
- hot under the collar, Informal. angry; excited; upset.
Origin of collar
Related Words for collarchoker, torque, frill, fraise, jabot, fichu, ruff, dicky, neckband, Vandyke, nab, cop, secure, capture, seize, tree, nail, arrest, appropriate, take
Examples from the Web for collar
Contemporary Examples of collar
After tightening her collar, Stella assumed slave posture: on her knees, legs slightly spread, palm resting face-up on her thighs.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
A portrait of him was done once in which the collar point was made to sit in its proper place.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The kid wore a white T-shirt with the collar stretched loosely around the top of his smooth chest.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
He was “v[ery] hot under the collar ... frustrated and mad, self-righteous.”How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Then Foley was shown on his knees, his body erect—even proud—clad in an orange tunic with no collar, and his head shaved.Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times: ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist
August 19, 2014
Historical Examples of collar
The knight wears the collar of SS, and his arms are on his surcoat.Yorkshire Painted And Described
He ran his finger around his collar—an old gesture; but the collar was very loose.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
His collar was low for the mode, his gloveless hands were red.The Bacillus of Beauty
Martin was thankful when he felt the collar buttons in their holes.Dust
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
- the part of a garment around the neck and shoulders, often detachable or folded over
- any band, necklace, garland, etc, encircling the necka collar of flowers
- a band or chain of leather, rope, or metal placed around an animal's neck to restrain, harness, or identify it
- 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
- a section of a shaft or rod having a locally increased diameter to provide a bearing seat or a locating ring
- a cut of meat, esp bacon, taken from around the neck of an animal
- hot under the collar informal aroused with anger, annoyance, etc
- to put a collar on; furnish with a collar
- to seize by the collar
- informal to seize; arrest; detain
Word Origin 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.
see hot under the collar.