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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Mellor adds that the ship was likely either a warship or a collier, a type of bulk cargo ship that carried coal. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2021 The plan was that Ouimet’s group would examine the charcoal hearths, while Bellantoni and others would excavate the foundation of a home of colliers and workers. Steve Smith,, 26 Aug. 2019 Instead, the group got in-the-field lessons about the colliers, their habits and works, and some of the technology and tools of the archaeology trade. Steve Smith,, 26 Aug. 2019 Shipwrights made some changes to HMS Endeavour’s original structure when she was assigned to Captain Cook’s voyage; the ship had been designed as a coal-carrying collier. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 24 Sep. 2018 The original settlers, charcoal colliers and Mother Nature took care of the giant trees from the hills of Northwestern Connecticut to the shores of Long Island Sound. Peter Marteka,, 5 May 2018 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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


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biographical name (3)

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

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