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colliery

[kol-yuh-ree]
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noun, plural col·lier·ies.
  1. a coal mine, including all buildings and equipment.
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Origin of colliery

First recorded in 1625–35; collier + -y3
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  • But he would not be put down by the bully of the colliery, and he fought him.

  • Her husband, she said, was not in the p. 130house at present, but she would send for him to the colliery.

  • He was away, it was believed in Durham, working at some colliery engine.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • They were compelled to go to him by the rules of the colliery.

    Derrick Sterling

    Kirk Monroe

  • A few empty motor-cars of the colliery directors stood about.

    Old Junk

    H. M. Tomlinson


British Dictionary definitions for colliery

colliery

noun plural -lieries
  1. mainly British a coal mine
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Word Origin and History for colliery

n.

1630s, "coal mine," see collier + -y (1).

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