clerical collar

noun

Definition of clerical collar

: a narrow stiffly upright white collar worn buttoned at the back of the neck by members of the clergy

Examples of clerical collar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Austin-Young, the kind of minister often spotted in a clerical collar and a denim jacket, describes herself as somewhere left of the Democratic Party and a person deeply interested in politics. NBC News, "A big blue dot in a deep red state, ready for Biden," 31 Oct. 2020 Father Paul rode shotgun, wearing his clerical collar and trademark fedora. New York Times, "‘I Won’t Be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People’," 7 Oct. 2020 They were joined, at times, by a pale Lutheran priest in his clerical collar and three young women from a youth group called EquiTeens Kenosha. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "The Streets of Kenosha and the National Stage," 1 Sep. 2020 Wearing a clerical collar and vestments, Rev. Cheek performed Communion at Wendt’s church — the first time any female priest had conducted the sacrament in an Episcopal sanctuary. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Alison Cheek, first female priest to administer sacraments in an Episcopal church, dies at 92," 5 Sep. 2019 Between them came austere black and gray suiting with the ruff of a clerical collar peeking out; lacy chemise dresses and tapestry brocades. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Rick Owens, Talking Doom," 28 Feb. 2020 Photo and video footage in the complaint showed White apparently head-butting a man in a clerical collar and a female counterprotester. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Three white supremacists were sentenced to prison for violence at Charlottesville rally," 20 July 2019 Photo and video footage in the complaint showed White apparently head-butting a man in a clerical collar and a female counterprotester. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Three white supremacists were sentenced to prison for violence at Charlottesville rally," 20 July 2019 Photo and video footage in the complaint showed White apparently head-butting a man in a clerical collar and a female counterprotester. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Three white supremacists were sentenced to prison for violence at Charlottesville rally," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of clerical collar

1948, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2020

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“Clerical collar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clerical%20collar. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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