Definition of clerical collar in English:

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clerical collar

Pronunciation: /ˈklerəkəl ˈkälər/


A stiff upright white collar that fastens at the back, worn by the clergy in some churches.
Example sentences
  • The Oxford Movement of the 19th century led to the adoption by many Anglican clergy of a clerical collar, certainly by the time of the First World War.
  • Among the women, six were wearing clerical collars, while 56 were pictured in attractive blouses or dresses.
  • The middle of the sanctuary began to fill as the service participants gathered, many in their clerical collars and stoles.

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Syllabification: cler·i·cal col·lar

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