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

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The Chanel gown featured heavy embellishment and shoulder cutouts that alluded to a clerical collar — spiritual and saucy! Cady Lang, Time, "The Most Over-the-Top Looks From the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Soon there will be no need to go to church to get a glimpse of a cassock or a clerical collar. Vogue, "Il Pretino: The Story of Three Italian Sisters, One Fiery American Actress, and a Molto Bella Black Dress," 25 Apr. 2018 Sitting in the chapel at St. Francis de Sales Seminary, the deacon is dressed in all black, except for a white clerical collar. Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father, son follow different paths, same calling to become Catholic priests," 30 Mar. 2018 Some people wore hijabs, while others were clad in clerical collars or a yarmulke. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "'Love trumps hate': Interfaith community gathers in support of Tempe mosque," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of clerical collar

1948, in the meaning defined above

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