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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The question echoed in democracies beset in recent years by populist movements nurtured by the same blend of far-right nationalism and blue-collar grievances as Trump's following. Star Tribune, "Adversaries gloat, allies lament attack on U.S. Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 Trump is slated to hold a rally in the blue-collar town of Dalton today for Republican Sens. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’," 4 Jan. 2021 Forget all the pandering about blue-collar work ethic — like people in New York and L.A. don’t work hard. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "New Year's resolutions for Sheila Ford Hamp, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions," 3 Jan. 2021 There have since been a few Black country stars -- Giddens, the late Charley Pride, Darius Rucker -- but the genre is now primarily dominated by blue-collar White singers in faded jeans and pickup trucks. John Blake, CNN, "This Black country singer wrote the most powerful song about race in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 The best of the white-tablecloth and blue-collar restaurant worlds come together in that one simple dish. Mike Sutter,, "4 San Antonio restaurants for great steak frites, that classic French dish of steak and french fries: Bistr09, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou, Julia’s Bistro & Bar and La Frite Belgian Bistro," 31 Dec. 2020 Sylvie comes from a bougie, middle-class family, while Robert is of the blue collar variety and has big dreams of becoming a legendary jazz musician. Ineye Komonibo,, "Years Of Traumatic Black Love Stories Left Me Emotionally Unprepared For The Normalcy Of Sylvie’s Love," 30 Dec. 2020 Mulder’s story of perseverance aligns with the blue-collar ethos of Windsor, a city of about 233,000 people on the Detroit River with an economy that relies on the auto industry and casinos. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Mychal Mulder gives hope to players in hockey-crazed Windsor," 28 Dec. 2020 But instead of persisting in futile efforts to bring blue-collar whites back into the fold, the Democrats would concentrate on molding a growing and more politically engaged nonwhite population into a potent political force in the state. James C. Cobb, Fortune, "Why a key Georgia country flipped from red to blue—and what it means for Democrats," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "As COVID-19 ravages US, shootings, killings are also up," 28 Dec. 2020 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

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Collar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 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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