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
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

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 Through thousands of small decisions, San Francisco, one of America’s wealthiest cities, had designed its public transportation around serving white-collar workers. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "San Francisco is leading the charge to dethrone cars," 2 July 2020 By far, the largest group of workers in the city are bureaucrats and other white-collar professionals. Los Angeles Times, "Statehood for Washington, D.C., backed by Democrats, passes House for first time," 26 June 2020 If those trends persist, Trump will need to run up large margins in the state’s predominantly blue collar, overwhelmingly white northeast, where Baldwin also made inroads, analysts say. Washington Post, "Trump homes in on Wisconsin as advisers fear Michigan may be Biden’s to lose," 25 June 2020 Meanwhile, many white-collar employees continued their work lives in front of screens at home, in between supervising their children. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 22-23," 25 June 2020 The group also needs to trim excess white-collar posts and slim down its service business that caters to third-party customers. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "Lufthansa Says 22,000 Jobs Could Go in Costs Purge," 14 June 2020 As head of the criminal division, Mr. Benczkowski oversaw perhaps the largest team of white-collar prosecutors in the country. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Justice Department’s Criminal Division Chief to Step Down," 10 June 2020 But once the coronavirus hit, no one was traveling, the white-collar workforce was sheltering in place, and the ick factor of sharing space with strangers loomed large. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Transforming the Rental Economy," 8 June 2020 Perhaps smaller, detective-heavy police departments that focus on homicides, white-collar offenses, and other major crimes would be a healthier alternative. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Police Were a Mistake," 2 June 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

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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Time Traveler for collar

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The first known use of collar was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collar. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for collar

collar

noun
How to pronounce collar (audio)

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

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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