[ kol-yer ]
/ ˈkɒl yər /


a ship for carrying coal.
a coal miner.
Obsolete. a person who carries or sells coal.

Origin of collier

1300–50; Middle English coliere; see coal, -ier1

Definition for collier (2 of 2)


[ kol-yer ]
/ ˈkɒl yər /


Jeremy,1650–1726, English clergyman and author. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for collier


/ (ˈkɒlɪə) /

noun mainly British

a coal miner
  1. a ship designed to transport coal
  2. a member of its crew

Word Origin for collier

C14: from coal + -ier
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Word Origin and History for collier



late 13c., collere "charcoal maker and seller," agent noun from Middle English col (see coal). They were notorious for cheating their customers. Sense of "ship for hauling coal" is from 1620s.

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