col·​lar | \ ˈkä-lər How to pronounce collar (audio) \

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
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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collared \ ˈkä-​lərd How to pronounce collar (audio) \ adjective
collarless \ ˈkä-​lər-​ləs How to pronounce collar (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for collar

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of collar in a Sentence

Noun He wore a shirt with a tight-fitting collar. She grabbed me by the collar. I bought a new collar for the dog. Verb 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 Technology was beginning to limit the number of blue-collar manufacturing jobs. New York Times, 15 May 2021 Oil and gas companies have had little trouble bringing back workers, who are still attracted by salaries for blue collar jobs that can top six figures. WSJ, 14 May 2021 This will probably vary by firm and industry — obviously applying to white-collar jobs but not for jobs that require physical labor such as construction. Robert Krol, National Review, 13 May 2021 The option to work from home is much more prevalent in certain fields like professional services, which include engineers, advertisers, accountants and many white-collar jobs. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2021 Some hold white collar jobs and others work in low-wage service sectors. Nicole Chavez And Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, 6 May 2021 For upper-middle class couples working white-collar jobs, lining up schedules for a reservation at an exclusive, fancy restaurant is challenging. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Roughly three-quarters of green-collar jobs – fields ranging from water conservation and sustainable agriculture to solar-panel installation and resource-efficient construction – are held by men. USA Today, 30 Apr. 2021 The jury is still out, but offshoring of white-collar jobs could become an consequence of the pandemic. Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Local police, who are working with the FBI and law enforcement in other states, are trying to collar the con artists behind what is now a nationwide scheme targeting the deaf and hard of hearing community. Windsor Locks Det. Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Mar. 2021 Federal agents and resources were poured into Detroit and a number of other cities this summer to help local authorities collar the rising crime rates. Corey Williams, ajc, 28 Dec. 2020 This collared shirt blocks UVA and UBA with UPF 30. Outdoor Life, 20 May 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Popular Science, 23 Mar. 2020 The five-year study started late in 2016 when some predators were collared. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2020 Chancel and pulpit, once reserved for a choir and collared cleric, now go unused. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Popular Science, 23 Mar. 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Kris Millgate, Outdoor Life, 18 Mar. 2020

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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


latinization of earlier and Middle English coler, borrowed from Anglo-French coler, colere "collar, necklace" (also continental Old French coler), going back to Latin collāre "neck band, collar," noun derivative from neuter of collāris "of the neck," from collum, collus "neck" + -āris -ar; collum, collus going back to dialectal Indo-European *k(w)olso-, whence also Germanic *halsa-, whence Old English heals, hals "neck," Old Frisian hals, hāls, Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Icelandic & Gothic hals

Note: Old French also has collier "collar for an animal," going back to Late Latin collārium, attested ca. 500, from collāre by suffix substitution; this is the source of modern French collier "collar, necklace." — The etymon *k(w)olso- is often taken to be based on Indo-European *kwel- "turn," perhaps as a thematized derivative *kwels-o-/*kwols-o- of the s-stem seen in Old Church Slavic koles-, kolo "wheel" (see wheel entry 1). Comparable would be Lithuanian kãklas "neck, throat," from reduplicated *kwo-kwl-o, the neck being the body part that turns the head. However, it has been objected that *kwo- in Germanic would not necessarily lose rounding. The precise formation is in any case limited to Italic and Germanic.


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“Collar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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
technical : 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 How to pronounce collar (audio) \

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


col·​lar | \ ˈkäl-ər How to pronounce collar (audio) \

Medical Definition of collar

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


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