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
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 collared (audio) \ adjective
collarless \ ˈkä-​lər-​ləs How to pronounce collarless (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 Morales echoes the uncertainty so many other blue-collar workers in Silicon Valley are feeling. NBC News, "Silicon Valley's blue-collar workers remain on edge months into pandemic," 12 Nov. 2020 Trump garnered more votes in suburbs such as Parma and Brook Park, cities made up of blue-collar workers once thought to be easy wins for Democrats. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "How Cuyahoga County breaks down, red vs. blue: The Wake Up for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 The Trump campaign, in an effort to find votes from the state’s blue-collar workers, rebuked Biden over the airwaves toward the end of the summer for the former vice president’s support of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Biden wins prized state of Michigan," 4 Nov. 2020 Winning Pennsylvania may again come down to blue-collar workers — specifically those in the state's booming fracking industry. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "13 battleground states to watch in the 2020 election," 4 Nov. 2020 Four years ago, white voters without college degrees backed the president 62%-31%, according to exit polls in 2016, but the latest survey finds Trump up among those blue-collar workers by a smaller margin: 54%-39%. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Battleground states: These are the 12 states that will determine the 2020 election," 3 Nov. 2020 Apart from Michigan Democrats frustrated with the Clinton campaign, this win also reflected the idea that many blue-collar workers pinned their hopes on Trump for a local economic revival. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Barack Obama in Flint: 'Reality show' presidency needs to end, Biden must win," 31 Oct. 2020 The rest of the collar counties, as well as the northwest corner of the state and both the Metro East and southern Illinois regions are already under tighter restrictions. Jamie Munks,, "Illinois sees another record daily high with 6,363 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, another region gets hit with tighter restrictions," 29 Oct. 2020 As a result, frontline workers are much more likely to contract the virus than white-collar workers. Bill George, Fortune, "We need a G.I. Bill for frontline workers, the heroes of COVID-19," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This collared shirt blocks UVA and UBA with UPF 30. Outdoor Life, "Four shirts that look good, feel good, and protect your skin while you enjoy the outdoors," 20 May 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Popular Science, "GPS collars help wildlife researchers answer important questions," 23 Mar. 2020 The five-year study started late in 2016 when some predators were collared. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: SW Wisconsin CWD, deer and predator research project in final year of field work," 14 Mar. 2020 Chancel and pulpit, once reserved for a choir and collared cleric, now go unused. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pastor-sharing: For clergy, a holy hustle and labor of love," 14 Apr. 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Popular Science, "GPS collars help wildlife researchers answer important questions," 23 Mar. 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Kris Millgate, Outdoor Life, "5 Things Researchers Learn From GPS Collars," 18 Mar. 2020 The outfit was comprised of two parts: A sparkly, sleeveless collared shirt, and a wavy miniskirt cinched in at the waist by a black belt. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Stuns at the Grammys in a Miniskirt and Berry Lip," 27 Jan. 2020 Another obstacle is that police are not always obliging when Fonda tries to get collared. Barbara Demick, The New Yorker, "Jane Fonda’s Climate-Change Star Power," 27 Dec. 2019

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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 (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." — 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 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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