[ kol-ee ]

  1. 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.

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Origin of collie

1645–55; perhaps Scots collecoal (in reference to the original coloration of the breed) + -ie; compare Middle English Colle dog's name

Other words from collie

  • col·lie·like, adjective

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How to use collie in a sentence

  • His beloved collie-shepherd Honey died of cancer this summer, which made Cumming think about his own mortality.

  • 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • A few years ago there lived in this village a minister who had a collie-dog named Oscar.

  • A collie leaped upon the platform and began pawing Kathlyn, and shortly after the younger sister followed.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • The yelping of the collie brought forth from various points low rumbling sounds, which presently developed into roars.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • He looked round at everyone, giving the impression of a collie which had just been kicked by Albert Payson Terhune.

    Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Windham is a neighbor of ours, and last summer I kept telling him that his collie was worrying my Shropshires.

    Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders

British Dictionary definitions for collie


/ (ˈkɒlɪ) /

  1. any of several silky-coated breeds of dog developed for herding sheep and cattle: See Border collie, rough collie, bearded collie

Origin of collie

C17: Scottish, probably from earlier colie black with coal dust, from cole coal

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