col·​lie ˈkä-lē How to pronounce collie (audio)
: 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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Examples of collie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The border collie is later placed into the back of an NYPD vehicle and covered with a jacket as a makeshift blanket. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 All proceeds will fund the veterinary care and fostering of TCCR collies and older collies in hospice. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Lower Huron Metro Park, Tulip Tree Shelter, 40151 E. Huron River Drive in Belleville. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2023 The first weekend of August in metro Detroit offers a gathering of collies and canine enthusiasts in Belleville; aviation spectacles in Oakland County; a collection of classic cars on display in Troy; a chance to sway to soulful Jazz along the Detroit River, and an art fair on Belle Isle. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2023 Image There is concentration and then there is Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, in her eighth time judging at Westminster, going over a group of collies. Desiree Rios, New York Times, 8 May 2023 For this study, the researchers selected dogs from two popular breeds, German shepherds and Border collies, and extracted DNA by swabbing the insides of their cheeks. Julie Hecht, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 Yes, sure enough, a collie. Chris Willman, Variety, 30 Oct. 2022 Hummingbirds zipped in and out of a purple buddleia bush; Hugo, an eager-to-please Border collie, stretched out on the porch, smelling faintly of skunk. Penelope Green, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 Footage from the moment shows 10-year-old Border collie Rosie wandering through the automatic doors of a police station and taking a seat in the waiting room after getting separated from her owner in the park. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably from English dialect colly black

First Known Use

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collie was circa 1651

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“Collie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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col·​lie ˈkäl-ē How to pronounce collie (audio)
: any of a breed of large dogs developed in Scotland for herding sheep

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