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noun col·lar \ˈkä-lər\

Simple Definition of collar

  • : a part of a piece of clothing that fits around a person's neck and is usually folded down

  • : a band of leather, plastic, etc., worn around an animal's neck

  • : a ring or band used to hold something (such as a pipe or a part of a machine) in place

Full Definition of collar

  1. 1 :  a band, strip, or chain worn around the neck: as a :  a band that serves to finish or decorate the neckline of a garment b :  a short necklace c :  a band placed about the neck of an animal d :  a part of the harness of draft animals fitted over the shoulders and taking strain when a load is drawn e :  an indication of control :  a token of subservience f :  a protective or supportive device (as a brace or cast) worn around the neck g :  clerical collar

  2. 2 :  something resembling a collar in shape or use (as a ring or round flange to restrain motion or hold something in place)

  3. 3 :  any of various animal structures or markings similar to a collar

  4. 4 :  an act of collaring :  arrest, capture

col·lared play \-lərd\ adjective
col·lar·less play \-lər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of collar

  1. He wore a shirt with a tight-fitting collar.

  2. She grabbed me by the collar.

  3. I bought a new collar for the dog.

Origin of collar

Middle English coler, from Anglo-French, from Latin collare, from collum neck; akin to Old English heals neck, and probably to Old English hwēol wheel — more at wheel

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with collar



verb col·lar

Simple Definition of collar

  • : to catch or arrest (someone)

  • : to stop (someone) in order to talk : to force (someone) to have a conversation

Full Definition of collar

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to seize by the collar or neck b :  arrest, grab c :  to get control of :  preempt <we can collar nearly the whole of this market — Roald Dahl> d :  to stop and detain in unwilling conversation <collar the guest of honor>

  3. 2 :  to put a collar on <collar a dog>

Examples of collar

  1. The police collared the guy a few blocks from the scene.

  2. He collared me on my way out the door.


First Known Use of collar


Medical Dictionary


noun col·lar \ˈkäl-ər\

Medical Definition of collar

  1. :  a band (as of cotton) worn around the neck for therapeutic purposes (as protection, support, or retention of body heat)

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