col·​lier ˈkäl-yər How to pronounce collier (audio)
: one that produces charcoal
: a coal miner
: a ship for transporting coal

Examples of collier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plans call for two more such connections: one 400 kV, the other 225 kV. From these three sources, the collider’s infrastructure would distribute power to the collier’s eight access shafts; from there, it’d be distributed to the rest of the collider. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Feb. 2024 This particular pearl collier can be spotted on Hepburn’s neck in the final scene of Roman Holiday. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2023 Emory, who lives about a half-hour from the forge, was able to trace her ancestry to Robert Patterson, a free African American with ties to Catoctin who worked as a collier, producing the charcoal used to run furnaces, and who also owned a farm. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 3 Aug. 2023 Dressed in a magenta silk slip dress from the house’s spring/summer 2003 ready-to-wear collection, one of the iconic Massai collier de Chien chokers from Galliano’s Dior debut and a pair of gold python sandals from Tom Ford, Rihanna went full fashion nerd. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 28 June 2021 On the way home, the collier made a stop (some say unplanned) in Barbados for coal. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 Feb. 2023 USS Langley, a converted collier that could carry up to 36 planes, was completed in 1922 in Norfolk, Virginia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2022 Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 According to BBC News, Mark Horton, an archaeologist at the Royal Agricultural University who took part in the event, suspects that the wreck is probably an 18th-century collier similar to the H.M.S. Endeavour. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Middle English colier, from col coal

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of collier was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Collier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


col·​lier ˈkäl-yər How to pronounce collier (audio)
: a coal miner
: a ship for carrying coal

Biographical Definition

Collier 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Col·​lier ˈkäl-yər How to pronounce Collier (audio)
Jeremy 1650–1726 English clergyman


2 of 3

biographical name (2)

John Payne 1789–1883 English editor


3 of 3

biographical name (3)

Peter Fen*e*lon ˈfe-nə-lən How to pronounce Collier (audio) 1849–1909 American publisher

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