chok·​er | \ ˈchō-kər How to pronounce choker (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web In one corner hung a barely there brassiere adorned with a rhinestone choker. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 Featured in the video was a sparkling O-Ring choker around Bad Bunny’s neck that was stacked with rings, pearls and chains, paired with a set of earrings dangling down to his collarbone. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, "From Bad Bunny’s baubles to hand-sanitizer bottles, this jewelry designer is in demand," 23 Apr. 2020 At One Place, a Cortexflo digital camera documents the internal bruising and effects of strangulation, even the handprints of the choker. Lanier Isom, al, "Domestic violence during a pandemic and shelter in place," 31 Mar. 2020 Miley looked like a rockstar in a black midriff top, tight vinyl pants, and a flashy Gucci belt, while Dua went for a more summery look with a yellow tulip print crop top, high-waisted turquoise pants, and a Chanel logo choker. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "From Maggie Roger’s Tie Dyed Look to Sophie Turner’s Vintage Gumby Tee, These Are the Celeb Fits You Missed This Weekend," 5 Aug. 2019 The Royaume choker takes its cue from a gorget, a metal neckpiece designed to protect the throat; its centerpiece is a 19.31-carat Royal Blue sapphire surrounded by more than 1,600 diamonds and sapphires set in 18-karat white gold. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 On left: Stella Maxwell in a Versace bustier, skirt, earrings, choker, and sandals; James Turlington in a Versace blazer, shirt, pants, and shoes. Harper's BAZAAR, "Some Say Love," 3 Feb. 2020 Milo Manara’s cover is Olivia Vinten in a Gucci leather and lace top, leather choker, latex gloves, and a whip with a Gucci handle. Channing Hargrove,, "‘Vogue Italia’ Is Bringing Back Fashion Illustration On Its Covers," 6 Jan. 2020 Around her neck was a thick diamond choker appropriate for an awards ceremony. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The sartorial style highlights of the Trump impeachment trial," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Choker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of choker

: a necklace that fits closely around the neck
informal : a person who fails to do something because of nervousness : a person who chokes

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