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

Nearly all the jobs gains are now coming from the service sector, not blue-collar jobs, a notable change from last year. Washington Post, "U.S. hiring slows but remains solid with 164,000 jobs added in July; unemployment rate holds steady at 3.7 percent," 3 Aug. 2019 The blue-collar jobs that once formed the backbone of the black community in Baltimore have evaporated. John Blake, CNN, "What both the left and the right get wrong about my neighborhood in Baltimore," 3 Aug. 2019 Many such positions are hourly or blue-collar type jobs. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Looking for work? Your next job interview might just come by text message," 31 July 2019 Still, California is home to 26 million vehicles with internal-combustion engines, and the oil industry helps support close to 368,000 blue-collar jobs in the state, according to the Western States Petroleum Assn. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Touring oil spill site, Newsom calls for greater oversight of California petroleum industry," 24 July 2019 According to Amazon, its U.S. workforce will reach 300,000 employees this year, many of whom work in blue collar jobs. Emily Guendelsberger, Time, "I Worked at an Amazon Fulfillment Center; They Treat Workers Like Robots," 18 July 2019 The money could jumpstart automation in a highly labor-intensive business that has been a rare source of well-paying blue-collar jobs over the past decade. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Momentum Builds for Automation in Construction," 2 July 2019 Privately, some in Trump's orbit were skeptical about the hiring of Giuliani, wondering if the combative and colorful former prosecutor who is at home sparring with reporters was the right choice to lead a white-collar defense team. chicagotribune.com, "'I was going to get this over with': Inside Rudy Giuliani's explosive Stormy Daniels revelation," 3 May 2018 Experts in white collar crime have explained again and again that business wrongdoing won’t be deterred unless the human beings in charge of corporations face jail and financial consequences for their actions. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In Facebook settlement, the FTC lets the company and Zuckerberg off the hook," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another mini dress, mustard and collared with eyelets from the neck down and billowy sleeves. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "GANNI Releases Spring 2019 Capsule With MyTheresa," 19 Mar. 2019 Few in the state have been so hands-on with mountain lions, collaring them with GPS trackers and following them via satellite feed, gaining glimpses into their inner workings. Seth Boster, The Denver Post, "An up-close mission to understand mountain lions in Colorado — but is it too close?," 6 June 2019 Men sport collared shirts and their favorite sneakers. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s nightclub for disabled adults fosters love, friendship and inclusion," 4 June 2019 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

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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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