Jeremy,1650–1726, English clergyman and author.
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noun mainly British
a coal miner
- a ship designed to transport coal
- a member of its crew
Word Origin for collier
C14: from coal + -ier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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