col·​lie | \ ˈkä-lē How to pronounce collie (audio) \

Definition of collie

: any of a breed of large dogs developed in Scotland that occur in rough-coated and smooth-coated varieties and have erect ears and a long muzzle

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Recent Examples on the Web And their four dogs — a poodle, a collie, a cocker spaniel and a Great Dane — jumped on everyone. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "How Chase Bank Chairman Helped the Deposed Shah of Iran Enter the U.S.," 29 Dec. 2019 Also: collies and snow are an irresistible combination. Chris Willman,, "Taylor Swift’s ‘Christmas Tree Farm’ video is a VHS wonderland," 6 Dec. 2019 Jack also befriended the Bond brothers’ dog, a magnificent, 140-pound Saint Bernard-Scotch collie mix. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 Our Scotch collie, Buckaroo, is just shy of 14 years old. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Here’s a better way to convert dog years to human years, scientists say," 15 Nov. 2019 Once a goalkeeper on a university football team, Mr Fernández portrays himself in television ads as a seasoned crisis manager and a regular guy, who loves playing catch with his collie, Dylan. The Economist, "If the Peronists win in Argentina, which Fernández will be in charge?," 17 Oct. 2019 Taken once in summer and once in winter to account for seasonal variability, cortisol concentrations tended to be high in the sheepdogs and collies when their human guardians’ levels were also high. Melissa Healy,, "Coming home stressed? Your dog is internalizing those bad vibes too, study suggests," 6 June 2019 Mangin led me to the grave of a collie named Pal, who died on Aug. 15, 1928. John Kelly, Washington Post, "More than 50,000 animals are buried in this cemetery," 5 Sep. 2019 Seven collies that were rescued from inhumane conditions at a home in Maine last month along with more than 90 other animals are now up for adoption in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Wednesday. Maria Lovato,, "Seven collies up for adoption in Mass. after rescue of 100 animals in Maine last month," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of collie

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collie

probably from English dialect colly black

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The first known use of collie was circa 1651

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of collie

: a large type of dog with long hair and a long pointed nose


col·​lie | \ ˈkä-lē How to pronounce collie (audio) \

Kids Definition of collie

: a large usually long-haired dog of Scottish origin that has been used to herd sheep

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