col·​liery | \ ˈkäl-yə-rē How to pronounce colliery (audio) \
plural collieries

Definition of colliery

: a coal mine and its connected buildings

Examples of colliery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Pegswood’s own colliery closed in 1968, mining remained the main source of local employment until the early 1990s. The Economist, "The truth behind the Tories’ northern strongholds," 31 Mar. 2021 Local residents and miners from the Aberfan colliery led the early rescue operation, helping to pull casualties from the wreckage. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "What was the Aberfan disaster, seen in 'The Crown' episode 3?," 22 Nov. 2019 Wales has many – and win it for Labour, the center-left party that grew out of the union movement that organized the miners in the collieries which defined and disfigured these valleys. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "As UK sets poll date, a voter’s dilemma: Vote on party, or vote on Brexit?," 30 Oct. 2019 But by the time the band formed in the mid-1980s the Valleys had endured decades of industrial decline, and Margaret Thatcher’s drive to shut down the remaining collieries precipitated unrest. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of colliery

1635, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Colliery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colliery

chiefly British : a coal mine and the buildings that are near it

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