noun \ˈkä-lər\

: 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

:  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
:  something resembling a collar in shape or use (as a ring or round flange to restrain motion or hold something in place)
:  any of various animal structures or markings similar to a collar
:  an act of collaring :  arrest, capture
col·lared \-lərd\ adjective
col·lar·less \-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

Related to COLLAR

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with COLLAR



: to catch or arrest (someone)

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

Full Definition of COLLAR

transitive verb
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>
:  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


Rhymes with COLLAR


noun \ˈkäl-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COLLAR

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


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