chok·​er | \ˈchō-kər \

Definition of choker 

1 : one that chokes

2 : something (such as a collar or necklace) worn closely about the throat or neck

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Synonyms for choker


collar, dog collar, lei, necklace

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Examples of choker in a Sentence

They called him a choker when he missed the shot that would have won the game. a pearl choker closely wrapped around her throat

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The new clip, which also features Travis Scott, is reminiscent of a vampire horror film and finds Lee pairing a gold fish-bone choker with a sparkly chrome jacket and a taupe fringed vest—two looks that are difficult to imagine on anyone else. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Swae Lee’s Stylish Swagger Is on Full Display in Rae Sremmurd’s New Music Video," 25 Apr. 2018 From chokers to lengthy pendants, statement necklaces were a popular choice to accessorize #WhyWeWearBlack. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Golden Globes 2018: Necklaces Rule The Red Carpet," 8 Jan. 2018 But the polished accessories—oversized retro shades, a Bulgari gold bracelet watch, and pendant necklaces layered with a black choker—telegraphed all the glam of Jagger's own rock-royalty wedding. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Dressed Down Her Bianca Jagger-Inspired Jumpsuit With the Coolest Shoes," 18 May 2018 Saweetie wears furs by Pologeorgis, bodysuits by Wolford and jewelry by Tiffany & Co., Mindi Mond, McTeigue & McClelland, Yeprem and a choker by Sabrina Getty from Swoonery. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saweetie's Guide to Ice," 16 Mar. 2018 Her signature fashion statement was a three-strand choker of unmistakably fake pearls. Cathleen Decker,, "Barbara Bush dies at 92; popular first lady was also the mother of a president," 18 Apr. 2018 That’s because everything will be under $50, including minimalist chokers that retail for upward of $1,300. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Jennifer Fisher’s Insane Sidewalk Sale Is Back," 25 June 2018 This transformation is one of the most notable — possibly most ignominious? — legacies of the ’90s, perhaps even more so than the mushroom cuts, black chokers, and off-kilter camera work. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "When ‘The Real World’ Gave Up on Reality," 6 June 2018 Rosaries Many of the early looks were adorned with glittering crosses, as earrings, chokers, brooches, and necklaces. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of choker

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of choker was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of choker

: a necklace that fits closely around the neck

: a person who fails to do something because of nervousness : a person who chokes

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a knickknack or trinket

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