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 The parade is led by brown Swiss cows adorned with fancy collars, Swiss bells and floral wreaths. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Watch goats marching and people in toilet bowls in these unique Wisconsin parades," 27 Nov. 2019 The same for a businessman’s necktie, a schoolgirl’s dress, a dog’s collar, a boxer’s gloves. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Ultra-Black Is the New Black," 11 Nov. 2019 But those studies tend to focus on police and laboratory dogs instead of family pets, and most used shock collars, which have been banned in several countries, as punishment. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Bad dog? Think twice before yelling, experts say," 6 Nov. 2019 The company keeps photo IDs, passwords on file, security cameras accessible throughout the facility, break away collars, colored and numbered ID tags to identify medical, private care and special needs. Austen Erblat,, "New dog day care to serve as hurricane shelter for pets," 11 Oct. 2019 With over 220,000 followers and counting, our latest cover star has an affinity for prints, collars, and all kinds of accessories. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "All of Beanie Feldstein's Best Instagram Looks," 1 Oct. 2019 The reader notified you that putting a yellow scarf on an aggressive dog’s collar indicates that the dog is aggressive. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Dinner with the interrupters is no picnic," 29 Sep. 2019 Skrant put the dog on the ground, but kept him in check with a long lead attached to the dog’s collar. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Finnegan, an eager Brittany pup, displays his heritage in dove hunting field — D’Arcy Egan," 21 Sep. 2019 Some of his trademark deep tan was rubbing off on his collar, giving me a pang of simultaneous pity and admiration. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Profane Originality of Robert Evans, Hollywood's Most Unapologetic Gatsby," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His pogo-stick tantrum is spot-on, as is his final impudent gesture in fur-collared finery. Armond White, National Review, "Queen & Slim, a Meme Movie for Black Lives Matter Fans," 27 Nov. 2019 Pippa paired her wrap coat with a white collared shirt, black skinny jeans, and white trainers while taking her young son for a stroll. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton's Coat Looks Super Similar to Meghan Markle's Go-To Outerwear," 21 Nov. 2019 The 460-pound bear was captured Oct. 11, radio-collared and released in the Cabinet Mountains. USA TODAY, "‘Joker’ stairs, migration art, Amazon in politics: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 For a trip to Tokyo earlier this year, Holland aimed for bold prints and bright colors, slipping on a yellow-plaid tracksuit one day, then a teal-paisley collared shirt the next. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Artist Holland Is Surprised American Men Don’t Wear Makeup," 25 Sep. 2019 Footage of the rescue shared to Facebook showed a man in a blue collared shirt and tan pants strapped to a board being lifted into the waiting helicopter. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "An Aussie hiker’s leg ‘clean snapped in half.’ He crawled for two days to survive.," 18 Sep. 2019 Mark Wahlberg has been collared for another leading role. Isaac Feldberg,, "Mark Wahlberg starring in real-life dog saga ‘Arthur the King’," 30 July 2019 The Duchess opted to wear a white collared dress with black accents, paired with a black hat, pearl earrings, and black pumps. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Lovely Elie Saab Dress to the First Day of Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019 The 25-year-old star rocks the statement piece, which retails for $5,200, from creative director Alessandro Michele with a multicolored polka dot collared shirt underneath. Allie Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "BTS Fans Are Obsessed With Suga’s Snow White Sweater in the “Idol” Music Video," 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of collar was in the 13th century

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2 Dec 2019

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“Collar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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
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

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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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