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

Other Words from collar


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Taking inspiration from Italian streetwear and the iconic looks of the '90s, a beat-up leather jacket with racing stripes, a single-button collar, and an oversized fit will be the 'It Girl' item to cop this upcoming season. Seventeen, 8 Aug. 2022 One owner reported a palomino stallion stalled next to her horse was wearing an electric shock collar on his neck. Ahjané Forbes, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 What could be more fun-yet-feminine than a dainty collar of pink sapphires to wear everyday? Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 Aug. 2022 They can be worn on your wrist or ankle, as well as attached to your belt loop, hooked to a tent, or even on a pet’s collar. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2022 Earlier in the evening, the Marry Me actor arrived at the event in a billowy floor-length gown, comprised of a transparent yellow dress with long sleeves and a frilly, high-neck collar layered over a yellow slip. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 July 2022 The jersey has rainbow stripes and a rainbow collar — in place of the regular white sections — to support LGBTQ inclusion in sports, and the club plans to use it for one game against Sydney Roosters. NBC News, 26 July 2022 Diversification strategies may include dollar-cost averaging, limit orders, new price targets, or even using options on your options (such as a cashless collar). Kristin Mckenna, Forbes, 18 July 2022 The floor-length Valentino gown was a showstopper: hot pink and completely made up of tulle with a dramatic halter collar and open back. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 10 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nepal has plans to collar another eight animals in the central part of the country in the coming years. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 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 See More

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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.


derivative of collar entry 1

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More Definitions for collar


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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