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
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


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 White-collar professionals are preparing to return to the office after more than a year of working from home. New York Times, 6 June 2021 The noughties-loving stylist, who worked on the buzzy spring 2021 Blumarine show, took a selfie in a look from the collection featuring one of its iconic cardigans with a fur collar trim. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 5 June 2021 His meek, inconspicuous white-collar clerk’s wardrobe suggests a Graham Greene hypocrite. Armond White, National Review, 4 June 2021 Standouts here include Saint Laurent coats, Valentino wide-collar shirts and outerwear by brands such as Canada Goose. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Quickly recognizable due to its lavish design, the frock is known for its scoop neckline, embellished collar, and voluminous puff sleeves. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 June 2021 Plus, white-collar business sectors and a big boost in home building will help offset the slower return of tourist-dependent leisure and hospitality jobs, economists say. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 That recalibration is happening at every level, as white-collar employees push for greater workplace flexibility and their employers navigate how to structure the return to the office. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 1 June 2021 The wounds on his face had been brushed over; a blue suit and white open-collar shirt hid the rest of the scars from the daylight gunshots that killed him in a pizza restaurant parking lot this month. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Local police, who are working with the FBI and law enforcement in other states, are trying to collar the con artists behind what is now a nationwide scheme targeting the deaf and hard of hearing community. Windsor Locks Det. Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Mar. 2021 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, 28 Dec. 2020 This collared shirt blocks UVA and UBA with UPF 30. Outdoor Life, 20 May 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Popular Science, 23 Mar. 2020 The five-year study started late in 2016 when some predators were collared. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2020 Chancel and pulpit, once reserved for a choir and collared cleric, now go unused. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Popular Science, 23 Mar. 2020 Animals collared for research in the GYE favor long migration routes. Kris Millgate, Outdoor Life, 18 Mar. 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 "collar, necklace" (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, necklace." — 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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“Collar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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