col·​lins | \ ˈkä-lənz How to pronounce collins (audio) \

Definition of collins

 (Entry 1 of 7)

: a tall iced drink of soda water, sugar, lemon or lime juice, and liquor (such as gin)


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Col·​lins | \ ˈkä-lənz How to pronounce Collins (audio) \

Definition of Collins (Entry 2 of 7)

Billy 1941–     William Collins American poet; poet laureate (2001–03)


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Definition of Collins (Entry 3 of 7)

Francis S(ellers) 1950–     American geneticist


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Definition of Collins (Entry 4 of 7)

Michael 1890–1922 Irish revolutionary


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Definition of Collins (Entry 5 of 7)

Michael 1930–     American astronaut


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Definition of Collins (Entry 6 of 7)

William 1721–1759 English poet


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Definition of Collins (Entry 7 of 7)

(William) Wilkie 1824–1889 English novelist

Examples of collins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun COLLINS: And was the president under investigation at the time of your dismissal on May 9th? The New York Times, New York Times, "Full Transcript and Video: James Comey’s Testimony on Capitol Hill," 8 June 2017 Collins just turned 27 and Kirksey will be 25 when the 2017 season starts, giving the Browns two key players at important positions under contract for a good chunk of their prime years. Dan Labbe,, "Browns extension of Christian Kirksey another common sense move in offseason full of them," 30 May 2017 Collins refused before Urbanski stabbed him in the chest, police said. The Washington Post,, "Slain Bowie State student laid to rest; hate crime investigation underway," 27 May 2017 Collins leads the Mids with 71 goals and 40 assists while Kelly Larkin, the first Navy freshman to score 100 points in a single season, has 48 goals and 54 assists. Katherine Dunn,, "Weekly women's lacrosse primer (May 25): Player of the Week, final four preview and more," 25 May 2017 COLLINS: Does that get in the way of our ability to pursue this or any other investigation? Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Full transcript: Acting FBI director McCabe and others testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee," 11 May 2017 Collins scored 11 points with five rebounds and two blocked shots and Tillie had 11 points and six rebounds. Orange County Register, "No. 1 Gonzaga shows why it’s unbeaten in rout of Loyola Marymount," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of collins


circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collins


probably from the name Collins

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“Collins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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