- one of a breed of dogs having a usually long, black, tan, and white or sable and white coat, raised originally in Scotland for herding sheep.
Origin of collie
Examples from the Web for collie
Contemporary Examples of collie
For Tina and Kate, the pair of collie mixes that outlived their owner, it was plenty.The World’s 12 Richest Dogs
The Daily Beast
June 18, 2010
Historical Examples of collie
Dogs are capering about, a collie, a setter, a Boston terrier.The Conquest of Fear
And it would have gone hard with him had not Collie appeared on the scene.
With the exception of Collie, all things went well with White Fang.
Collie snarled warningly at him, and he was careful to keep his distance.
Before they had gone two blocks, Mrs. Nancy had named the collie David.Peak and Prairie
Word Origin for collie
1650s, possibly from dialectal coaly "coal-black," the color of some breeds (cf. colley, "sheep with black face and legs," attested from 1793; Middle English colfox, "coal-fox," a variety of fox with tail and both ears tipped with black; and colley, Somerset dialectal name for "blackbird"). Or from Scandinavian proper name Colle, which is known to have been applied to dogs in Middle English ("Ran Colle our dogge, and Talbot, and Gerlond" [Chaucer]); or perhaps a convergence of the two.