collar

noun
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

collar

verb
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

Noun

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

choker, dog collar, lei, necklace

Synonyms: Verb

apprehend, arrest, bust [slang], nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seize

Antonyms: Verb

discharge

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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

And then with her most recent delivery, that of Prince Louis in April 2018, Middleton wore a red Jenny Packham dress (cut similarly to the Princess Charlotte debut dress), with a delicate white lace collar. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Here's How Meghan Markle's Baby Debut Outfit Compared to Kate Middleton's," 8 May 2019 Schlossberg, a white-collar white guy with an eponymous law practice in America's most populous city, wasn't hard to identify. Jay Willis, GQ, "Racist Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg Did This All to Himself," 19 May 2018 Charley lives with his single father (Travis Fimmel), a jovial blue-collar guy who bounces from job to job and girlfriend to girlfriend. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "Boy meets horse in the unsentimental ‘Lean on Pete’ | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 The snapshot shows the couple putting a tracking collar on an elephant to help conservationists follow its migratory patterns to keep it safe from poaching. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Previously Unseen Photo From Their Botswana Trip," 4 Apr. 2019 Campbell wore a black tulle creation that had a giant, poufy pleated skirt and a high-neck collar. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Naomi Campbell, Icon, Closed a Valentino Show in a Naked Dress," 23 Jan. 2019 He was found abandoned in a park in Rancho Cucamonga with no collar or microchip. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Coming to the rescue: Newport resident’s dog food company starts nonprofit to get homeless dogs veterinary care," 7 July 2018 Ashley is four feet tall, weighs 40 pounds, and was wearing a black or dark blue t-shirt with a white striped collar and sleeves. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Three cousins missing from Northwest Side," 6 July 2018 Fish and Game wildlife officers have outfitted the bear with a collar and ear tag for tracking purposes, according to the city of Pocatello. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Wild bear breaks into S. Idaho zoo, climbs tree to wait out Fish and Game officials," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

George, who is attending the ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace in London alongside parents William, Kate, and Charlotte, showed up for his little bro's big day in a short-sleeve, collared shirt and (of course) shorts. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Prince George Has Just Arrived at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 Estelle sported a white shirt under a pink cardigan, while her mother wore a black sweater over a white collared shirt. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Victoria Takes Her Daughter, Princess Estelle, on a Tour Through the Royal Treasury," 11 Jan. 2019 And since 2002, he's been the guiding force at everyone's favorite shop for sweaters, jeans, and collared shirts. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "J.Crew Chairman Mickey Drexler Officially Steps Down," 23 Jan. 2019 Decked out in a casual outfit of a green jacket over a sweater and collared shirt with brown pants and her favorite boots, Kate talked with the kids, gave out hugs, and helped them make crowns from leaves found on the grounds of the school. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Helped Kids Make Leaf Crowns During Her First Appearance After Maternity Leave," 2 Oct. 2018 She was photographed wearing a Maison Kitsuné white collared shirt, Outland jeans, black suede J.Crew boots, and an oversize plaid blazer. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Sends Meghan Markle Specially-Made Pieces From Her Fashion Line," 11 Dec. 2018 Especially for the beginners not yet cozy with violence, the weight of constantly grappling with your doubts and fears gives fighters a weary sloth-like appearance that is collared in many of Mr. Fink’s pre-fight shots. Gordon Marino, WSJ, "‘Larry Fink: The Boxing Photographs’ Review: A Ringside View of Humanity," 3 Oct. 2018 For her nephew's special day at St James's Palace, the socialite arrived in a baby blue collared dress and matching fascinator. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Wears Blue for Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of collar

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for collar

Noun

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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collar

noun

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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collar

noun

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

collar

verb

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

informal
: to catch or arrest (someone)
: to stop (someone) in order to talk : to force (someone) to have a conversation

collar

noun
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

collar

verb
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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collar

noun
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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