col·lar | \ˈkä-lər \

Definition of collar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a band, strip, or chain worn around the neck: such 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 (such as a brace or cast) worn around the neck

g : clerical collar

2 : something resembling a collar in shape or use (such as a ring or round flange to restrain motion or hold something in place)

3 : any of various animal structures or markings similar to a collar

4 : an act of collaring : arrest, capture


collared; collaring; collars

Definition of collar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : to put a collar on collar a dog

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Other Words from collar


collared \ˈkä-lərd \ adjective
collarless \ˈkä-lər-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for collar

Synonyms: Noun

apprehension, arrest, arrestment, bust [slang], pinch

Synonyms: Verb

bag, capture, catch, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap

Antonyms: Noun


Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of collar in a Sentence


He wore a shirt with a tight-fitting collar. She grabbed me by the collar. I bought a new collar for the dog.


The police collared the guy a few blocks from the scene. He collared me on my way out the door.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, Pippa's included a few extra details, including a pointed collar, buttons down the center of the dress, and a layer of pleats from the hips to the hem. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled the Outfit Kate Wore To Her Wedding," 9 July 2018 Though Quincy remains blue-collar in parts, there are more professionals moving in, drawn to the Red Line, which runs through the city. Jill Terreri Ramos,, "Quincy is changing, but poverty hangs on," 28 June 2018 Historically, Imperial Beach has been an affordable, blue-collar, beach community. Gustavo Solis,, "Imperial Beach confronts housing crisis," 13 June 2018 The text is accompanied by a bird resembling the Twitter logo hovering inside a large, white collar. Stephanie Farr,, "Bryan Colangelo 'Woodergate' scandal floods social media, billboard," 6 June 2018 Scientists have documented only one crossing of I-15 by a mountain lion wearing a tracking collar, and that one was leaving the Santa Ana range, said Winston Vickers, a wildlife veterinarian at UC Davis. Joseph Serna,, "Mountain lions are being killed on freeways and weakened by inbreeding. Researchers have a solution," 16 May 2018 And try to leave the branch collar, where the sucker meets the tree, to help the wound heal faster. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Suckers create thorny situation for gardener | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 2018 His wife, who comes from a blue-collar, Democratic-voting clan, is not watching the relaunch. The Economist, "A new season of “Roseanne” for the Trump era," 5 Apr. 2018 Kate wore a green Catherine Walker coat trimmed with black fur cuffs and a collar, per People, and completed the look with a small green hat, black gloves, black tights, and suede pumps. Emma Stefansky, Vanities, "Kate Middleton Goes All-Green and Elegant for St. Patrick’s Day," 17 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Such phones, now ubiquitous in the rich world, mean many human beings have, in essence, voluntarily radio-collared themselves. The Economist, "At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts," 28 June 2018 Dean Crouch, an assistant store manager at a Tallahassee Academy Sports + Outdoors branch, chased the man, collared him with a tackle at the exit doors and brought him inside the office to await Tallahassee police on the afternoon of June 29. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A man stole a gun from a store, cops say. But what a manager did next got him fired.," 12 July 2018 Miu Miu collared shirt, Price upon request at Miu Miu. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Snail Mail Can Control Her Feelings and Yours, Too," 20 June 2018 Some lion mothers who were collared and tracked feasted almost entirely on mustangs, and taught their young to do the same. New York Times, "Let Mountain Lions Eat Horses," 12 May 2018 Young said as many as 50 coyotes have left the Presidio, including one collared male that was run over and killed in 2016 on Highway 280 in Los Gatos. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coyote alert: SF is home to seven new pups in the Presidio," 4 June 2018 Photographer: Ryan Segedi, Prop Stylist: Chloe Daley, Soft stylist: Trina Ong at Halley Resources No one shirt gives off easy, breezy summertime vibes quite like a camp-collared button-up. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Camp Shirts Make Every Day Feel Like a Vacation," 15 May 2018 Police said in a statement that a dog-catcher pole was used to collar the raccoon. CBS News, "Raccoon family falls through ceiling of Michigan home," 7 May 2018 The man was wearing a red and white striped long sleeve collared shirt and blue jeans. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lost wallet ends in $11,903 worth of fraudulent charges in Wauwatosa," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of collar


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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Phrases Related to collar

loosen one's collar

wing collar

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Financial Definition of collar

What It Is

A collar option strategy, also known as a "hedge wrapper," is used to lock in the maximum gain and maximum loss of a stock. To execute a collar, an investor buys a stock and an out-of-the-money put option while simultaneously selling an out-of-the-money call option.

How It Works

In a collar, the investor has a long position in a stock, so he benefits when the shares increase in price.  To implement a successful collar strategy, the strike price for the call he's selling needs to be above that of the put he's buying. Both options should also have the same expiration date.

For example, say you own 100 shares of Company XYZ at $45. To implement a proper collar, you buy a put with a strike price of $43 and sell a call with a strike price of $47. The expiration date on both options is the same.

If XYZ rises above $47, the buyer of the call will exercise his option, and you must sell him 100 shares of XYZ at $47, even if shares are selling for more than that in the market. Regardless of how high the price goes, you make a $2 profit.

If Company XYZ falls below $43, then you only lose $2 a share, because you have the right to sell 100 shares of XYZ at $43, even if they are trading below that price.

If XYZ is trading between $43 and $47 when the expiration date arrives, the options expire worthless, and you keep your shares at the current market value.

Note that the collar ensures you can't lose or make more than $2 on the trade no matter how high XYZ rises or how low it falls. You have a stop on the upside, but you also have a stop on the downside.

Why It Matters

The primary benefit of a collar option is to limit downside risk. Collars also limit profits on the upside, which is why they are most frequently used during down markets.

Collars are a conservative strategy and are generally implemented to protect profits, not generate them. Investors need to always be assessing the risk/reward ratio of every position they're considering. Fortunately, the risk/reward scenario for collars is clear: It's low risk, low reward.

On the other hand, if your threshold for risk is low, collars are a fine way to protect your portfolio from the unexpected.

[Learn more about collar option strategies in the InvestingAnswers feature: Add Protection Against a Market Downturn With Collar Options.]

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English Language Learners Definition of collar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of collar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to catch or arrest (someone)

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


col·lar | \ˈkä-lər \

Kids Definition of collar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part of a piece of clothing that fits around a person's neck

2 : a band of material worn around an animal's neck

3 : a ring used to hold something (as a pipe) in place

Other Words from collar

collarless \-ləs \ adjective


collared; collaring

Kids Definition of collar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to seize by or as if by the collar : capture, grab

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col·lar | \ˈkäl-ər \

Medical Definition of collar 

: a protective or supporting device (such as a brace or cast) worn around the neck

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to reject or criticize sharply

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