col·​lier | \ ˈkäl-yər How to pronounce collier (audio) \

Definition of collier

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : one that produces charcoal
2 : a coal miner
3 : a ship for transporting coal


biographical name (1)
Col·​lier | \ ˈkäl-yər How to pronounce Collier (audio) , ˈkä-lē-ər \

Definition of Collier (Entry 2 of 4)

Jeremy 1650–1726 English clergyman


biographical name (2)

Definition of Collier (Entry 3 of 4)

John Payne 1789–1883 English editor


biographical name (3)

Definition of Collier (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Examples of collier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Storms Reveal Two Historic Shipwrecks on England’s Eastern Coast," 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, "Storms Reveal Two Historic Shipwrecks on England’s Eastern Coast," 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,, "Archaeological Dig Yields Lessons," 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,, "Archaeological Dig Yields Lessons," 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, "Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour found off the coast of Rhode Island," 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,, "A Hike Among Giants Worthy Of A King's Mark," 5 May 2018 North Korean colliers earned about 500 yuan ($75) a month, compared with average salaries at other factories of about 280 yuan. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Irons Off the Fire: China’s Import Ban Is Expected to Hinder North Korea," 15 Aug. 2017 Colliers said the tower has received all necessary zoning approvals and will break ground soon. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "New wrinkle for Wynwood: Office towers," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of collier


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collier


Middle English colier, from col coal

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“Collier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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chiefly British, old-fashioned : a coal miner

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